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Professor Anoush Ehteshami

Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah Chair in International Relations

BA (Hons) in Social Sciences, PhD in Politics, FAcSS, FRSA

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Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah Chair in International Relations in the School of Government and International AffairsIM220, Al-Qasimi Building+44 (0) 191 33 45662
Fellow of University College  
Special Advisor to the Islamic Crimnal Justice Project in the Centre for Criminal Law & Justice  
Director of the Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies  


Professor Anoush Ehteshami is Professor of International Relations in the School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University. He is also the Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah Chair in International Relations and Director of the HH Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah Programme in International Relations, Regional Politics and Security. He is, further, Director of the Institute for Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies (IMEIS) at Durham, one of the oldest and noted centres of excellence in Middle Eastern studies in Europe. He acts as Co-director (2016-2021) of the £3.9 million AHRC-funded Open Worlds Initiative entitled Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community. Previously (2006-2016), he acted as Joint Director of the nationally (RCUK)-funded Durham-Edinburgh-Manchester Universities’ research and training Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW).

He was Durham University’s first Dean of Internationalization, 2009-2011, and was the founding Head of the School of Government and International Affairs (2004-9). He has been a Fellow of the World Economic Forum, and served as a member of the WEF’s foremost body, the Global Agenda Councils, 2010-12, focusing on energy. He was Vice-President and Chair of Council of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) 2000-2003. He is Editor of two major book series on the Middle East and the wider Muslim world, and is member of Editorial Board of seven international journals.

Research interests

  • international relations of the Middle East
  • security and strategic studies of the Middle East
  • Persian Gulf

Research groups

  • Energy Policy Group

Awarded Grants

  • 2016: Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community (OWRI)(£325055.57 from AHRC)
  • 2016: H2020-MEDRESET: A comprehensive, integrated,and bottom-up approach to reset our understanding of the Mediterranean space, remap the region and reconstruct inclusive, responsive and flexible EU policies in it.(£131665.17 from European Commission)

Esteem Indicators

  • 2002: Fellow of the World Economic Forum. Have acted as consultant to the RAND Corporation; External Relations DG, European Commission; Oxford Analytica; International Institute for Startegic Studies. In 2002/3: Member, Panel of Experts, Global Survey of Civil-:

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Religion: Islamic fundamentalism
  • International: Defence & disputes: Middle Eastern politics
  • International: Defence & disputes: security & strategic affairs
  • International: Defence & disputes: international defence-related issues (nuclear proliferation, etc.)
  • International: Defence & disputes: Islamic fundamentalism
  • International: Defence & disputes: Arab-Israeli relations
  • International: Politics, institutions & law: Middle East
  • International: Politics, institutions & law: Central Asia
  • International: Politics, institutions & law: defence
  • Middle East: Iran, Iraq & other Gulf states
  • Middle East: Islamic fundamentalism
  • Middle East: Politics of the Red Sea


Authored book

Chapter in book

Edited book

  • Ehteshami, Anoushiravan & Miyagi, Yukiko (2015). The Emerging Middle East- East Asia Nexus. Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series, 36. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
  • Ehteshami, Anoushiravan. & Wright, Steven. (2008). Reform in the Middle East Oil Monarchies. Ithaca Press.
  • Ehteshami, Anoushiravan. & Zweiri, Mahjoob. (2008). Iran's Foreign Policy: From Khatemi to Ahmadinejad. Garnet Publishing, Limited.

Journal Article


  • Ehteshami, Anoush (2008). 'Competing Powerbrokers of the Middle East:Iran and Saudi Arabia'. Abu Dhabi: Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research.

Working Paper

Supervision students