Kaveh L. Afrasiabi, PhD

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi, PhD


Dr. Kaveh Afrasiabi has taught political science at Tehran University, Boston University, and Bentley College. Afrasiabi has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University, UC Berkeley, Binghamton University, Center For Strategic Research, Tehran and Institute For Strategic Studies in Paris.

Recent Appearances

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  • "Islamic Ecotheology" in Islam and Ecology (Harvard University Press)
  • 1998 "Communicative theory and theology," Harvard Theological Review
  • 2003 "Iran's Foreign Policy Since 9/11" in Brown's Journal of World Affairs, co-authored with Abbas Maleki (No 2, 2003).
  • 2003 Religion, Environment and World Views: A Global Anthology' (Wadsworth)
  • 2003 "Islam and Post-Anthropocentrism" in Encyclopedia of Religion and Environment' (Chicago University Press)
  • 2007 "Realism, Not Idealism, Keeping Iran's Nuclear Potential Latent," Harvard International Review

Reviews by Dr. Afrasiabi

New York Times Articles

Poetry, Fiction, Essays


  1. PressTV, Probing US Intentions in Iran Deal (November 27, 2013)
  2. Asia Times, Challenges ahead for a final nuclear deal (November 26, 2013)
  3. Iran Review, Future of Iran Nuclear Negotiations (November 17, 2013)
  4. Iran Review, French Malfeasance in Geneva (November 13, 2013)
  5. Iran Review, Zarif Turbocharges Iran's Diplomacy
  6. Russia Today, Iran membership would give lots of advantages to SCO (September 13, 2013)
  7. Iran Review, Iran Reviews Its Ties with SCO (August 24, 2013)
  8. Asia Times, Rouhani leads Iran's new soft power (June 22, 2013)
  9. New York Times, Iran’s Islamic Democracy (June 14, 2013)
  10. Iran Review, Iran's Reformists Poised For Election Comeback (June 13, 2013)
  11. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, A proposed endgame for the Iranian nuclear crisis (February 25, 2013)
  12. Asia Times, Iran nuclear talks reach a turning point (March 1, 2013)
  13. Middle-East Online, France's Blind Mission in Mali(January 18, 2013)
  14. Asia Times, Obama duo offers new hope on Iran(January 11, 2013)
  15. Middle-East Online, Iran Likely To Respond To Signs of US Goodwill(January 10, 2013)
  16. Asia Times, Middle East peace hinges on will(December 22, 2012)
  17. Asia Times, Iran nuclear talks produce a litmus test(December 18, 2012)
  18. Asia Times, Syria's chemical weapons, Iran's red line(December 5, 2012)
  19. Asia Times, Morsi, Egypt's Lincoln?(November 27, 2012)
  20. Asia Times, New balance of terror in the Middle East(November 21, 2012)
  21. World Policy Institute, Non-Aligned Movement Poised to Take Action(September 18, 2012)
  22. Asia Times, A Syrian quartet worth hearing(September 16, 2012)
  23. Asia Times, Iran brings new direction to NAM(August 30, 2012)
  24. Intl. Herald Tribune, Gathering Hope in Tehran(August 23, 2012)
  25. AL Monitor, Why West Should Curb Hostility To Non-Aligned Summit in Tehran(August 20, 2012)
  26. Asia Time, One step forward in Mecca, one back(August 18, 2012)
  27. Asia Times, Iran's New Summit Diplomacy (August 10, 2012)
  28. IR Diplomacy, Ten Questions on Bulgaria Bus Attack (July 31, 2012)
  29. Asia Times,
    Iran nuclear talks limp forward
    (July 28, 2012)
  30. Middle East Online, Lavrov's Crucial Iran Visit (June 13, 2012)
  31. Asia Times, Iran Prepares for Moscow (Interview with Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's Ambassador to the IAEA, June 9, 2012)
  32. New York Times, Critical Threshold in the Iran Crisis (May 11, 2012)
  33. International Caspian Studies Institute, International Law and Iran’s Policy on the Caspian Sea: Shifting Paradigms (2012)
  34. Asia Times, After Istanbul, confidence for confidence (Apr. 17, 2012)
  35. Asia Times, Nuclear chess in Istanbul (Apr. 13, 2012)
  36. Asia Times, Iran not keen to walk Turkey's red carpet (Mar. 27, 2012)
  37. Asia Times, Locked in an Orwellian centrifuge (Mar. 6, 2012)
  38. Agence Global, Iran Questions IAEA's Resolve and Impartiality (Mar. 3, 2012)
  39. Asia Times, Obama, the Jewish lobby and the bomb (Feb. 29, 2012)
  40. New York Times, Dealing With Iran on the Nuclear Issue (Feb. 16, 2012)
  41. Asia Times, Hiatus in European debate on Iran (Feb. 10, 2012)
  42. United Press International, Iranian author criticizes IAEA report (Nov. 9, 2011)
  43. Asia Times, Small US-Iran step on a long road (Nov. 5, 2011)
  44. MR Zine, Legal Flaws in US Complaint Against Iran (Nov. 3, 2011)
  45. Time Magazine, What Does the Fall of Libya's Gaddafi Portend for Syria's Assad? (Sep. 1, 2011)
  46. Asia Times, US rebuffs Russian ingenuity on Iran (Jul. 20, 2011)
  47. Asia Times, False bells on Iran's nuclear program (Jun. 10, 2011)
  48. The Guardian, The west's silence over Bahrain smacks of double standards (Apr. 29, 2011)
  49. New York Times, A Seat for Turkey (November 18, 2010)
  50. Asia Times, NATO's Iran 'threat' conundrum (November 16, 2010)
  51. Middle East Online, Iran, Cold War Analogies Misused (November 11, 2010)
  52. Asia Times, Sympathy for Iran spawns new world order (October 26, 2010)
  53. International Herald Tribune, Shared Interests (October 23, 2010)
  54. Asia Times, US sees Iran as friend and foe (October 21, 2010)
  55. Iran Review, Ominous Signs in Iran Under Siege (October 1, 2010)
  56. Asia Times, Europe's Iran sanctions may backfire (July 28, 2010)
  57. Monthly Review, Remembering Fred Halliday (April 29, 2010)
  58. Asia Times, Iran's reformists under fire (March 2, 2011)
  59. Asia Times, New setback at Iran's Bushehr plant (March 1, 2011)
  60. Asia Times, Iran on new voyage of discovery (February 24,2011)
  61. International Herald Tribune, Trapped in Europe's Airports (April 21, 2010)
  62. NY Times, New nuclear posture deeply flawed (April 7, 2010).
  63. San Francisco Chronicle, Insight: U.S. should take Iran's nuclear counter-offer seriously (Mar. 20, 2010).
  64. Free Thought Manifesto, The Case for a Parallel UN
  65. Al Jazeera Magazine, Iran's Double Crisis (Dec. 29, 2009).
  66. Monthly Review, Remembering Howard Zinn (Feb. 3, 2010)
  67. Washington Times, Salvaging the Uranium Deal (Dec. 22, 2009).
  68. World Politics Review, Steps Toward Crafting a Nuclear Deal With Iran (Oct. 2009)
  69. World Politics Review, Iran's New Nuclear Diplomacy (Sep. 2009)
  70. Washington Post, Q and A with Kaveh Afrasiabi (Jun. 2009)
  71. Huffington Post, Obama Should Congratulate Ahmadinejad (Aug. 2009)
  72. UN Chronicle, Interview with Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee, President of the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) (May 2009)
  73. The UN Chronicle Interview with Jean-Marie Guéhenno, "We are more advanced in Peacekeeping than in Peacebuilding efforts" (2007)
  74. Council on Foreign Relations, "US, Syria, and Iran" (Oct. 2008)
  75. Asia Times Nuclear Rights and Human Rights in Iran (Dec. 2009)
  76. Council On Foreign Relations. "US Should Engage, Not Isolate Iran"
  77. UN Chronicle, "Conversation with Assistant Secretary General, Robert Orr, On UN Management Reform" (No. 2, 2006)
  78. UN Chronicle, "Conversation with Mohammad Khatami on Alliance of Civilizations,"(No. 1 2007)
  79. UN Chronicle, "Who Should Lead Our Anti-Terrorism Efforts?" Co-authored with Edward McMahon (No. 1, 2003)
  80. UN Chronicle, "Conversation With Shirin Ebadi, the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Winner" (No. 1, 2004)
  81. UN Chronicle, "Listening, Inclusiveness, Tolerance, Reciprocity: Dialogue Among Civilizations" (No. 2, 2001)
  82. UN Chronicle, "Conversation With Ambassador Margaret Ellen Loj on UN Peacebuilding Commission, (No.1 2006)
  83. Der Tageszeit, "Die UN Brauchen enien mittleweg," (5/31/2005)
  84. Asia Times, "UN tackles the pillars of intolerance," (Nov. 2008)
  85. UNDP, "Saving the UN From Itself" (September, 2008)


  86. South Centre, Geneva, "Reforming the UN the Bush Way," (Fall, 2005)


  87. Global Dialogue, "The United Nations and the Idea of Dialogue Among Civilizations"
  88. Asia Times online, "Ban Ki-Moon and Global and UN Challenges" (2008)
  89. UNDP.Org,, "Mission Impossible for Ban Ki-Moon" (January 2009)
  90. Washington Post, "Conversation with Congressman Dennis Kucinich on Obama and Gaza war" (January 2009)
  91. New York Times, "The West Bank Settlers" (January 2009)
  92. USA Today, "Iran opts for moral support in Gaza war" (January 2009)
  93. Middle East Online, "Another war gone badly," (January 2009)
  94. Washington Times, "Coming to terms with Iran's regime" (Oct. 2008)
  95. Middle East Online; "The Re-Possession of Gaza" (January 2009)
  96. Asia Times, "Iran: A case for legal evolution" (Dec. 2008)
  97. Opposingviews.com, "US Response to the Gaza Crisis" (Dec. 2008)
  98. Harvard International Review, "Keeping Iran's Nuclear Ambition Latent," (Summer 2006)
  99. Johns Hopkins University, "Iran's nuclear program: paths to negotiation"
  100. Christian Science Monitor, "The Costs of American Bellicosity Toward Iran," (Oct. 2007)
  101. Der Tagesspiegel, "Der geist in flasche halten," (4/26/2005)
  102. International Herald Tribune, "Talking to Iran" (Dec. 2008)
  103. Middle East Online, Paradoxes of Iran's Green Movement: From Radical Fundamentalism to Radical Democracy (Jan. 2010)
  104. Live Leak, Mousavi shifts to allegations of "voting purchases" and still falls short (Jul. 2009)
  105. Asia Times, Crunching the numbers (Jun. 2009)
  106. International Herald Tribune, "Iran's Nuclear Program: A Crisis of Choice, Not Necessity," co-authored with Priouz Mojtahedzadeh
  107. International Herald Tribune, "Saving Face with Iran," co-authored with Abbas Maleki
  108. International Herald Tribune, "Threats are not the way to deal with Iran," co-authored with Pirouz Mojtahedzadeh
  109. International Herald Tribune, "Iran Needs Nuclear Energy," Co-authored with Mohammad Sahimi and Pirouz Mojtahedzadeh
  110. San Francisco Chronicle, "Security Guarantee Missing in Iran," (May 2008)
  111. San Francisco Chronicle, "Crisis De-Fusion" (Feb. 2007)
  112. San Francisco Chronicle, "Are Iran's Missiles a Threat to Europe?" (May 2007)
  113. San Francisco Chronicle, "To Stabilize Pakistan, US Needs To Rethink India Policy" (June 2008)
  114. San Francisco Chronicle, "Time To Broaden US-Iran Dialogue" (July 2007)
  115. San Francisco Chronicle, "US, Iran Need to Build Confidence," co-authored with Abbas Maleki (Sept. 2007)
  116. San Francisco Chronicle, "On the Iraq Study Group Recommendations" (Dec. 2006)
  117. Boston Globe, "How To Build US-Iran Relations," co-authored with Abbas Maleki (Sept. 2007)
  118. San Francisco Chronicle, "Iran"s Diplomacy in Action," (August, 2006)


  119. Boston Globe, "The View From Tehran," co-authored with Kayhan Barzegar (Dec. 2007)
  120. Boston Globe, "Two-Track Diplomacy with Iran," (April 2006)
  121. Boston Globe, "Governor"s got it wrong on Khatami," (September 2006)
  122. Middle East online, "Conversation with Noam Chomsky on Iraq Study Group Report"
  123. Asia Times online, "Balanced diplomacy or Iranphobia redux? Review of Richard Haass' book)
  124. Middle East online, "Conversation with Noam Chomsky on Lebanon war"
  125. "Iran"s Foreign Policy Priorities: Conversation with Iran"s Foreign Minister, Manouchehr Mottaki"
  126. Washington Post, "A New Cold War: Reagan's Legacy at Risk" (Aug. 2008)
  127. Washington Post, "Henry Kissinger's Logic" (Dec. 2007)
  128. Washington Post, "Diplomacy Is the Best Option on Iran's Nuclear Program" (Aug. 2006)
  129. Washington Post, "The State of the War in Iraq" (Sept. 2007)
  130. Washington Post, "Iran Looks To the East" (April 2008)
  131. New York Times,, "Incident at Sea" (Jan. 2008)
  132. Worldnews.com, "US raid in Syria spooks Iran"
  133. Trube Blue Liberal, "Captain Ahab and the Islamic Whale" (Jan. 2008)
  134. Payvand.com. "Debunking Christopher Hitchens" (Feb. 2008)
  135. Asia Times online, "Pseudo-Intellectualism on Iran: Review of Dabashi's Iran, A People Interrupted) (Nov. 2008)
  136. Asia Times online, "Obama and the other cease-fire" (January 2009)
  137. Asia Times online, "A letter to Barack Obama: Middle East Can Turn On A New Axis of Cooperation" (Dec. 2008)
  138. Asia Times online, "Orwell revisited: Iran and dirty bombs" (Dec. 2008)
  139. Asia Times online, "The Illusion of American smart power"
  140. Asia Times online, "Medvedev Holds Key to WTO," co-authored with Natalia Gold
  141. Asia Times online, "Iran plays the mediator,"
  142. Asia Times online, "Azerbaijan at crosswinds of a new cold war,"
  143. Asia Times online, "Howard Zinn on Obama in American History"
  144. Asia Times online, "The Biden Factor in US-Iran relations"
  145. Asia Times online, "Iran and Religious Diplomacy: Conversation With Bishop John Bryson Chane"
  146. Asia Times online, "How Iran Wants To Fix the World: Conversation With Iran's Ambassador to Japan, Abbas Araghchi,"
  147. Asia Times online, "A Look into Pakistan's Political Future: Conversation With Hassan Abbas"
  148. Asia Times online, "Let's talk about the bomb: Conversation with Nuclear Expert Matthew Bunn"
  149. Asia Times online, "Big-Bang IAEA Report Blasts Iran,"
  150. Asia Times online, "The Next Peace and False Bells on Iran"
  151. Asia Times online, "Legal Mist Stokes US-Iran Tension in Persian Gulf"
  152. Harvard Theological Review, ""Communicative Theory and Theology: A Reconsideration," (Spring 1998)
  153. Global Dialogue, "Hollywood and Clashing Civilizations" (Fall, 2007)
  154. "Iran, Nuclear Challenges," Iranian Journal of International Affairs (Summer 2007)
  155. Telos, "Deliberative Democracy and Its Discontent" (Fall 1999)
  156. Brown's Journal of World Affairs, "Negotiating Iran's Nuclear Populism," co-authored with Mustafa Kibaroglu (Fall 2005)
  157. Mediterannean Quarterly, "Regionalization In A Competitive Context: The Case of Economic Cooperation Organization," (Fall 2002)
  158. Middle East Journal, "The Environmental Movement in Iran: Perspectives from Below and Above," (Summer 2003)
  159. Telos, "Islamic Populism".
    (Summer 1995)
  160. Telos "From Clash of Civilizations To Civilizational Parallelism," (No. 1, 2001)
  161. Middle East Executive Report, "Iran and the WTO" (Summer 1998)
  162. "Iran, Caspian Sea, and International Law: Shifting Paradigms," Journal of International Affairs (Fall 2003)
  163. "The legal regime of the Caspian Sea: beyond the conflicting treaties"
  164. "Legal and political solutions in preventing the division of Caspian Sea"
  165. "Where Iran must draw the line in Caspian"
  166. Payvand.com, "Letter From Madrid: red carpet for President Khatami" (2005)
  167. Brown's Journal of World Affairs, "Iran"s Foreign Policy After 9/11," co-authored with Abbas Maleki, (Spring 2003)
  168. Hamdard Islamicus, "Clash of Civilizations and Inter-Religious Dialogue," (Spring 2000)
  169. "Problems of Deliberative Democracy in Iran: A Theoretical Survey"
  170. "Mahdism, Theological Globalization, and Non-Violence"
  171. Iranian Journal of International Affairs, "President Khatami and OIC mediation in Chechniya"
  172. Carnegie Endowment, "Security Council and Iran's Legal Rights,"
  173. Opposingviews.com, "Iran and nuclear power"
  174. Payvand.com, "Energy security and pipeline politics"
  175. Agence France "Saving the Peace Pipeline," co-authored with Abbas Maleki

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