Massoumeh Torfeh

Massoumeh Torfeh

Dr Massoumeh Torfeh is the former director of strategic communication at the UN Assistance Mission for Afghanistan and is currently a Research Associate at the London School of Economics and Political Science, specialising in Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia.

Press Freedom

What is behind Iran's war on the BBC?

Iran's historic distrust for the BBC has led to the persecution of BBC journalists and their families.

What is behind Iran's war on the BBC?

ISIS

ISIL in Afghanistan: A growing threat

ISIL's ever increasing presence in Afghanistan could provoke Iran and Russia to get involved.

ISIL in Afghanistan: A growing threat

Tajikistan

Why is Tajikistan imposing a dress code on its people?

Defining "appropriate" dress for its citizens is yet another form of repression of Tajikistan's authoritarian regime.

Why is Tajikistan imposing a dress code on its people?

Iran

Iran's battleground: Supreme Leader vs President

Friday's election will determine the future of the supreme leader and the survival chances of the reform movement.

Iran's battleground: Supreme Leader vs President

Politics

Iran after Khamenei

Who would lead the Islamic Republic if the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei passes away unexpectedly?

Iran after Khamenei

Middle East

Iran after Rafsanjani

Rafsanjani’s death has created power vacuum in Iran’s political centre.

Iran after Rafsanjani

Tajikistan

Tajikistan: The success story that failed

Once celebrated for its successful post-conflict reconciliation, Tajikistan has reverted back to the dictatorial path.

Tajikistan: The success story that failed

Politics

Will Trump play into the hands of Iranian hardliners?

If pressure from the US increases in the first few months of 2017, hardliners in Iran could discredit Hassan Rouhani.

Will Trump play into the hands of Iranian hardliners?

War & Conflict

No consensus in Afghanistan on how to deal with Taliban

Afghans still divided over whether the Taliban is the enemy or a band of "dissatisfied brothers".

No consensus in Afghanistan on how to deal with Taliban

Arts & Culture

Love in the time of pre-revolution Iran

New TV series Shahrzad evokes memories of life in Iran during the 1950s.

Love in the time of pre-revolution Iran

Iran

After elections, Iranian women's demands are forgotten

Despite women's attempts to find a voice in Iran's politics, their presence has been minimal and cosmetic.

After elections, Iranian women's demands are forgotten

Politics

Iran 37 years later: Any hope for reforms?

The narrative of reform and moderation has never been revolutionary enough to achieve success in Iran.

Iran 37 years later: Any hope for reforms?