Consultant, International Security
Sasan Aghlani
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Sasan Aghlani joined the International Security Department in January 2013. He is currently pursuing a doctorate at SOAS on the relationship between religious authority and strategic decision-making regarding nuclear policies in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Prior to joining Chatham House he focused on Bahraini human rights issues at a London-based NGO. He also taught as an academic tutor for Stanford University in 2013 at the University of Oxford, leading supervisions on Islamism in the Middle-East.

Sasan holds a BA in Politics from Goldsmiths (University of London), and an MSc in International Relations from LSE.


  • Humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons
  • Cultural heritage in conflict
  • Religion and security


2015 - present

Undergraduate Tutor (Security), Department of Development Studies, SOAS

2015 - presentUndergraduate Tutor (Introduction to Comparative Politics), Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS 
2015 - presentResearch Associate, Shi’ah Institute 
2012-MPhil/PhD, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
2010-11MSc International Relations, London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)
2007-10BA Politics, Goldsmiths College (University of London)
  • Review: 'Iran and the United States: An Insider's View on the Failed Past and the Road to Peace', by Seyed Hossein Mousavian (with Shahir Shahidsaless), Middle Eastern Studies, Volume 51, Issue 3, 2015, pp. 508-510
  • 'The Islamic Republic of Iran’s War Against ISIS: A Secular Reading', Dialogue, Kings College London, Issue 10, Winter 2014, pp. 56-57
  • 'To fight extremism we need more Islamisms, not less' Open Democracy, September 2014
  • A House Built on Sand: Rouhani’s Approach to the Nuclear Issue from a Critical Perspective, Deutsche Orient-Institut, Vol 55, No 2, 2014
  • US-Iran Relations: Is Hassan Rohani Really a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing? International Business Times, October 2013
  • Obama Misses Target With Nowruz Message Al-Monitor, March 2013
  • Nuclear Assurances: When a Fatwa isn't a Fatwa Open Security, March 2013