MIDDLE EAST POLICY
I have completed various research projects on the Middle East, pursuing courses on culture and Society in the Gulf states, conducting research with the Political Violence Lab on the relationship between Afghani village elites and the Taliban, and culminating in an internship with the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution in D.C. Check out some of my projects below!
RESEARCH INTERNSHIP AT THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTION
In the fall of 2019, I was awarded a $4,000 grant from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences to complete an internship at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. I was one of six students selected for this grant through a competitive application process. At the end of my term at Brookings, I wrote a final reflection on the various projects I completed.
WOMEN WITHOUT MEN: FEMININITY AND EURO/AMERICAN ENCROACHMENT IN IRAN
In her debut film Women Without Men, Shirin Neshat depicts the tumultuous days before the American-led coup in 1953 that would topple a popularly-elected civic nationalist government, focusing on the ways in which four women feel the effects of this momentous event.
WOMEN’S RIGHTS UNDER MOHAMMED BIN SALMAN
In this paper, I examine how and why the religious establishment obtained such a stranglehold on the issue of women’s rights, and describe the ways in which its beliefs have taken hold in Saudi society, thus confining women to certain spaces. I argue that MbS’s granted women the right to drive to improve his country’s image, while also retaining the support of the religious establishment that grants him legitimacy.
THE ISRAEL LOBBY
In their highly controversial article “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy,” authors John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt argue that the enormous support the U.S. provides Israel each year defies explanation by any international relation theory. I argue that the relationship between the U.S. and Israel is a result of the prodigious American ego that centers our nation’s identity.
THE QUASI-COLONIZATION OF IRAN: EURO/AMERICAN INFLUENCE IN THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURY
Although Iran was never formally colonized, there are many events throughout its history that have irreparably shaped by the often harmful interests of imperial powers. In this paper, I examine the European and later American breaches of Iranian national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and discuss the lasting effects of these invasions.