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Sanam Vakil

James Anderson Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies

Associate Fellow, Chatham House's Middle East North Africa Programme

About

Sanam Vakil is the James Anderson Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies at The Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe and a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University associated with the Working Group on Islamism and the International Order. Sanam is also Senior Consulting fellow at Chatham House's Middle East North Africa Programme where she leads the Iran Forum project focusing on future trends in Iran's domestic and foreign policy and follows wider Middle Eastern issues.  Before these appointments, from 2003-2005, Sanam was an assistant professor of Middle East Studies at SAIS Washington. She served as a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations also providing research analysis to the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa department. Sanam provides research, commentary and political risk analysis for companies and organizations working in the Middle East.  She has been consulted by high ranking government officials in the United States and Europe.  Vakil holds a PhD in international relations from SAIS.

Publications: Vakil's publications include: "Iran's Next Supreme Leader: The Islamic Republic After Khamenei," with H. Rassam, in Foreign Affairs, May/June 2017 and Women and Politics in the Islamic Republic of Iran: Action and Reaction (2011). She is the author of numerous monographs, book reviews, working papers and articles in U.S. and international journals on Middle East and U.S. foreign policy.
 
 

Expertise

Regions

  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Middle East
  • Persian Gulf
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Turkey

Topics

  • American Foreign Policy
  • Governance
  • International Relations
  • Islamic Religion, Culture and Law
  • Oil Politics
  • Women's Rights

Languages

  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Persian

In the News

Iran under pressure as Europe‘s patience 'wearing thin'

Sanam Vakil cited in The Arab Weekly, 9/24

Hard-liners in Iran see no drawback to bellicose strategy.

Sanam Vakil quoted in The New York Times, 9/17

Why has Iran lifted more limits on its nuclear program?

Sanam Vakil interviewed on Monocle 24 The Briefing podcast, 9/5

Iran demands sanctions relief before joining G7 talks with U.S.

Sanam Vakil interviewed on Radio National Breakfast, 8/27

G7 summit: Iran foreign minister's 'surprise' visit.

Sanam Vakil interviewed on BBC Newshour, 8/25

Iran poses loyalty test for 'British Trump' Johnson.

James Anderson Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies Sanam Vakil cited on France 24, 7/25

The latest on Iran: Captured spies, intercepted tanker, and more.

Sanam Vakil interviewed on NPR On Point, 7/23

Iran tanker seizure: The UK must not take the bait.

Sanam Vakil wrote in Chatham House, 7/22

Iran says it captured British oil tanker after accident.

Sanam Vakil interviewed on CNN International, 7/20

Iran says it has exceeded uranium enrichment threshold.

James Anderson Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies Sanam Vakil interviewed on CNN Connect the World, 7/8

U.S. ‘Maximum Pressure’ worked on Iran before. It may not again.

James Anderson Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies Sanam Vakil quoted in Bloomberg, 6/26

Europeans urge U.S., Iran to step back from confrontation.

Sanam Vakil quoted in Associated Press, 6/21

Is Washington's 'Maximum Pressure' bringing an end to Iran's 'Strategic Patience?'

Sanam Vakil quoted on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 6/18

The Iran edition.

James Anderson Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies Sanam Vakil interviewed on Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre podcast, 6/13

The legacy of Iran's Khomeini 30 years after his death.

Sanam Vakil cited on Radio France Internationale, 6/6

Iran increases its production of uranium as tensions grow.

James Anderson Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies Sanam Vakil quoted in Irish Independent, 5/22

With Bolton whispering in Trump’s ear, war with Iran is no longer unthinkable.

James Anderson Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies Sanam Vakil quoted in The Guardian, 5/15

Iran to scale back nuclear pledges on anniversary of U.S. exit.

Sanam Vakil quoted in BNN Bloomberg, 5/7

Iran accuses U.S. of 'Nazism' and 'economic terrorism' as sanctions tighten.

James Anderson Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies Sanam Vakil quoted in The Independent, 4/24

Iran's revolutionaries, masters of chaos and crisis, mark 40 years of the Islamic Republic.

James Anderson Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies Sanam Vakil quoted in The Independent, 2/11