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Maysam Behravesh

Doctoral candidate | Filosofie master 

 

I am a PhD candidate in political science at Lund University, with an MA (Summa cum laude) in International Relations from the University of Tehran, Iran.       

My doctoral thesis "The Collective Political Psychology of Nuclearization: Ontological (In)Securities, Identity Narratives, and Nuclear Behavior" investigates the impact of identity motives and emotive drives on the nuclear behavior of states with revisionist tendencies, in this case Iran and Pakistan, deploying ontological security theory and narrative methodology for the purpose.

I worked as an intelligence analyst and security policy advisor in Iran from 2008 to 2010, and am currently a political analyst in the US-based geopolitical risk consultancy Gulf State Analytics.

I also served as the editorial assistant of the quarterly Cooperation and Conflict from 2013 to 2016 and was a research fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University, from 2016 to 2017.

A full list of my publications can be found here and here.       

 

Research Areas

  • Security studies

  • Nuclear politics (Iran and Pakistan)

  • Middle East security (Iran and Syria)

Courses Taught     

  • Middle East in World Politics: Key Theories (Fall 2016, Master's level, with Markus Holdo & Darcy Thompson, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University)  

  • War and Peace in Transition (Spring 2016, Master's level, with Karin Aggestam & Magnus Jerneck, Department of Political Science, Lund University)

  • Globalization, Conflict, Security and the State (Spring 2016, Master's level, with Annika Bergman Rosamond & Catarina Kinnvall, Graduate School, Lund University) 

  • Theories of War, Conflict and Terrorism (Spring 2015, Bachelor's level, with Roxanna Sjöstedt & Sarah Schulman, Department of Political Science, Lund University)

  • War and Peace in Transition (Spring 2015, Master's level, with Karin Aggestam & Magnus Jerneck, Department of Political Science, Lund University)

 

Reviewer for Academic Journals

  • European Journal of International Relations (Sage)

  • Cooperation and Conflict (Sage)

  • International Studies Perspectives (Wiley Blackwell) 

  • Diplomacy & Statecraft (Taylor & Francis)

  • Asian Politics & Policy (Wiley Blackwell)

  • Journal of Political Ideologies (Taylor & Francis)

  • NIDABA: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Middle East Studies (Lund University)

 

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles, Book Chapters & Online Publications 

  • Behravesh, Maysam. In Progress. "Gendered Selves and Ontological (In)Securities in World Politics: Gendering Nuclearity in Iran and Pakistan." 

  • Behravesh, Maysam. In Progress. "Securitization of Political Science Inquiry: The Contested Methodologies of Nuclear Research in Iran."

  • Behravesh, Maysam. 2019. "The Ayatollah's Den of Espionage: How Iran Came to See Its Revolutionary Core as Compromised." Foreign Affairs. Retrievable here.  

  • Behravesh, Maysam. 2018. "State Revisionism and Ontological (In)Security in International Politics: The Complicated Case of Iran and Its Nuclear Behavior." Journal of International Relations and Development 21(4): 836-857. Retrievable here

  • Behravesh, Maysam. 2015. "Pakistan, the Garrison State: Origins, Evolution, Consequences (1947-2011), Ishtiaq Ahmed, Oxford University Press, 2013." Asian Politics & Policy 7(3): 489-491. Retrievable here  

  • Behravesh, Maysam. 2014. "Iran's Reform Movement: The Enduring Relevance of an Alternative Discourse." Digest of Middle East Studies 23(2): 262-278. Retrievable here.  

  • Behravesh, Maysam. 2014. "Iran and the Syria Crisis: Policies, Problems, and Prospects." Pp. 45-56 in Middle East Conflicts & Reforms, edited by M. M. Aman and M. J. Aman. Washington, DC: Westphalia Press. Retrievable here 

  • Behravesh, Maysam. 2014. "Chill Ground: Iranian-British Relations during Khomeini-Thatcher Years." Pp. 237-252 in Middle East Conflicts & Reforms, edited by M. M. Aman and M. J. Aman. Washington, DC: Westphalia Press. Retrievable here.   

  • Behravesh, Maysam. 2014. "Al Arabiya: The 'Saudispeak' of the Arab World." Asian Politics & Policy 6(2): 345-348. Retrievable here.

  • Behravesh, Maysam. 2013. "Press TV: Iran's Revisionist Voice in Perspective." Asian Politics & Policy 5(4): 683-686. Retrievable here.

  • Behravesh, Maysam. 2013. "Iranian Diplomacy (IRD): Foreign Policy through Conservative-Pragmatic Lenses." Asian Politics & Policy 5(3): 483-485. Retrievabe here.

  • Behravesh, Maysam. 2012. “The Formative Years of Anglo-Iranian Relations (1907-1953): Colonial Scramble for Iran and Its Political Legacy.” Digest of Middle East Studies 21(2): 386-400. Retrievable here.

  • Behravesh, Maysam. 2011. “A Crisis of Confidence Revisited: Iran-West Tensions and Mutual Demonization." Asian Politics & Policy 3(3): 327-347. Retrievable here 

  • Behravesh, Maysam. 2011. “The Relevance of Constructivism to Foreign Policy Analysis.” E-International Relations, July 17. Retrievable here.

  • Behravesh, Maysam. 2011. “The Thrust of Wendtian Constructivism.” E-International Relations, March 9. Retrievable here.

  • Behravesh, Maysam. 2011. “Constructivism: An Introduction.” E-International Relations, February 3. Retrievable here.

  • Behravesh, Maysam. 2010. “Realism and Neorealism: An Investigative Overview.” E-International Relations, December 19. Retrievable here.

Affiliations & Experience  

  • Gulf State Analytics (GSA), DC, USA, Analyst (2019- )

  • Persis Media, MD, USA, Senior Political Analyst (2019- )

  • Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), Lund University, Research Fellow (2016-2017)

  • Cooperation and Conflict (Sage), Editorial Assistant (2013-2016)

  • Asian Politics & Policy (Wiley), Assistant/Contributing/Senior Editor (2011-2014)

  • E-International Relations (E-IR), Editorial team member (2011-2014)

 

Select Conference Papers

  • Behravesh, Maysam. 2015. "Gendered Selves and Ontological (In)Securities in World Politics: Gendering Nuclearity in Iran and Pakistan." Paper presented at the symposium Gender Studies Looking Forwards: A New Light on Approaches to Gender and Feminist Research, November, Department of Gender Studies, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.

  • Behravesh, Maysam and Hossein Aghaie Joobani. 2015. "Securitization of Political Science Inquiry: The Contested Methodologies of Nuclear Research in Iran." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Swedish Political Science Association (SWEPSA), October, Swedish Defense University, Stockholm, Sweden.   

  • Behravesh, Maysam. 2015. "Iran's Reform Movement: The Enduring Relevance of an Alternative Discourse." Paper presented at the confrence In Search of a Model for the Middle East, April, Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University, Lund, Sweden.  

  • Behravesh, Maysam. 2014. "State Revisionism and Ontological (In)Security: Iran versus the West." Paper presented at the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) Annual Meeting, July, Rome, Italy.

  • Behravesh, Maysam. 2013. "State Revisionism and Ontological (In)Security: Iran versus the West." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Swedish Political Science Association (SWEPSA), October, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.

  • Behravesh, Maysam. 2013. "Iran and the Syrian Crisis: Policies, Problems and Prospects." Paper presented at the Middle East Dialogue (MED) conference New Directions in the Middle East, February, Policy Studies Organization, Washington DC.

  • Behravesh, Maysam and Mohammad R. Kiani. 2010. “The Hidden Enemy Out There: Western Iranophobia and Iranian Westophobia.” Paper presented at the conference Rethinking the Middle East? Values, Interests and Security Concerns in Western Policies toward Iraq and the Wider Region, March, British Academy, London.

 

Academic Grants 

  • Stiftelsen Karl Staaffs Fond (Sweden, 2012)

  • Knut och Alice Wallenbergs Stiftelse (Sweden, 2013)

  • Cooperation and Conflict (Sage annual journal allowance, 2013)

  • Stiftelsen Karl Staaffs Fond (Sweden, 2013)

  • ECPR Winter School Grant (Austria, 2014)

  • Sven och Dagmar Salens Stiftelse (Sweden, 2014)

  • Cooperation and Conflict (Sage annual journal allowance, 2014)

  • Stiftelsen Karl Staaffs Fond (Sweden, 2014)

  • Cooperation and Conflict (Sage annual journal allowance, 2015)  

  • Stiftelsen Lars Hiertas Minne (Sweden, 2016) 
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Department of Political Science

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Department of Political Science
Lund University
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