Sanam Vakil is a professorial lecturer in the Middle East Studies department at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS Europe) in Bologna, Italy.
Prior to this, Dr Vakil was an assistant professor of Middle East Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington DC.
Dr Vakil has provided commentary, research and political risk analysis for Oxford Analytica, Rastah Ideologistics, Gerson Lehman Group, International Republican Institute, Management Systems International, The World Bank Group, PFC Energy and Dunia Economic Research.
She has also published commentary for a variety of academic and news outlets and has been consulted by high-ranking government officials in the US, UK and Europe.
She received her BA in Political Science and History from Columbia University and earned her MA and PhD in International Relations with a specialization in Middle East Studies at Johns Hopkins University-SAIS.
Areas of expertise
- Iranian domestic and foreign policy
- GCC politics
- US foreign policy to the Middle East
- Leadership and governance in the Middle East
- Civil society development, gender
|2008 - present||Professorial lecturer, Johns Hopkins University - SAIS Europe|
|2011-13||Senior Research Associate, Management Systems International|
|2005-07||Assistant Professor, Middle East Studies, Johns Hopkins University – SAIS Washington|
Research assistant, Iran Project, Council on Foreign Relations
- By Pulling Out of Nuclear Deal, Trump Hands Gift to Iranian Hardliners 09 May 2018
- What to Know About the Protests in Iran 05 January 2018
- Total’s Iran Deal Gives Rouhani Space to Push Reform 05 July 2017
- What to Know About the Tehran Terror Attacks 14 June 2017
- Will ‘Resistance’ Carry the Day in Iran’s Election? 03 May 2017
- Election Clocks Are Ticking on Rouhani's Reforms 18 April 2016
- Despite Election Triumph, Rouhani Still Faces Formidable Foes 01 March 2016
- The Saudi-Iran Standoff is Not Really Sectarian 12 January 2016
- Saving Transatlantic Cooperation and the Iran Nuclear Deal: A View from Europe and the United States co-author, SWP Comment, 2018
- The American Shadow over the Iranian Elections Italian Institute For International Political Studies, 2017
- Continuity and Change in the Islamic Republic of Iran in Nomos & Khaos: 2017 Nomisma Economic and Strategic Outlook, 2017
- Iran’s Next Supreme Leader: The Islamic Republic After Khamenei Foreign Affairs, Vol. 96, Issue 3, 2017
- Action and Reaction: Women and Politics in the Islamic Republic of Iran Bloomsbury, New York, 2011 & 2013
- Obama’s Iranian Gamble in The International Spectator, vol. 49, Issue 3, pp. 8-13