Roxane Farmanfarmaian

Roxane Farmanfarmaian is a lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Centre for the Study of the International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa.

She directs the University of Cambridge - Al Jazeera Center for Studies media project, and is principal investigator of the media in political transition in the Southern Mediterranean programme.


Iran's presidential election puts populism to the test

In Iran the populists aren't overturning the establishment, they are the establishment.

United States

Trump and Iran: Scenarios of escalation

Washington's ill-conceived ploys could intensify the conflict between Iran and the US, but one smart move could save it.


What next for the media in Middle East and N Africa?

Media is political by nature in addressing the public, and that is its impact on societal transformation.


The Islamic Republic at 35: A matter of interests

Iran must show the maturity of its 35 years and develop friendships so the game becomes less of a revolutionary battle.


Redrawing the Middle East map: Iran, Syria and the new Cold War

What originally brought Syria and Iran together was not the Shia sect, but Iraq - the common enemy both hated and feared


Iran's strategy under new sanctions

After 30 years of sanctions, Iran's first order of business is to convince the US and Israel that it does not want war.


What makes a revolution succeed?

While the aspirations are different, Egyptians could take five lessons from Iran's 1979 revolt.


Arab revolutions transcend Iran's

As unrest spreads from one Arab country to the next, protest leaders look beyond shortcomings of the Islamic Revolution.