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.


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 after Khamenei

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

Middle East

Iran after Rafsanjani

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


Tajikistan: The success story that failed

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


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.

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".

Arts & Culture

Love in the time of pre-revolution Iran

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


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.


Iran 37 years later: Any hope for reforms?

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


Let the UN take the lead on Afghanistan and Syria

The UN must play a part in resolving conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan but only if there is a shared desire for peace.

War & Conflict

Fighting ISIL needs more than air strikes

Without a coordinated media campaign to counter ISIL's legitimising narrative, the group cannot be defeated.


The US had no choice but to involve Iran in Syria talks

Iran is playing a more nuanced game by offering peaceful solutions for the Syria crisis.