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About Arman

Arman Mahmoudian, Ph.D., has earned his Ph.D. in Politics and International Affairs at the University of South Florida (USF). He serves as an adjunct professor at the USF Judy Genshaft Honors College, offering courses on Russia, the Middle East, and International Security. Furthermore, Arman is a research assistant at the USF Global and National Security Institute, focusing on Russia and the Middle East. Beyond academia, he frequently shares his expert perspectives in media, having made appearances on prominent networks like Al-Jazeera and the BBC.

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Arman's Background 

​Arman Mahmoudian was born in Tehran, Iran. His early fascination with politics was sparked during his childhood, as family discussions frequently centered around potential military conflicts between Iran and the US. Even though young Arman couldn't fully grasp the nuances, the palpable anxiety of those around him was unmistakable. By 14, his burgeoning interest in history led him to participate in a speaking contest on the Crusades between Christians and Muslims—a victory that galvanized his commitment to the humanities during his high school years.Arman's focus pivoted to government structures in the wake of the 2009 Iranian Presidential Election. This prompted him to pursue a bachelor's degree in law at the Islamic Azad University, culminating in an honors thesis titled, "The Syrian Civil War in the Eyes of International Law." Concurrently, Arman ventured into journalism, writing for reformist newspapers like Shargh Newspaper and Etemad Daily. By the age of 19, in 2011, he penned his first article about Russian protests against the legislative election, which marked the beginning of a prolific journalistic journey. To date, he has authored 87 articles in Farsi on Russia and the Middle East, some of which have been republished by Russian media.In 2014, intrigued by escalating tensions between Russia and the West, Arman relocated to Moscow to pursue an MA in International Relations at the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia. His Master's research, centered on the "Religious-Ethnic Conflict in Iraq and Syria and its Regional Impact," earned him accolades for the "Best Thesis Defense Performance."Inspired by Alexander de Tocqueville's travels, Arman made his way to the United States, Tampa Bay, Florida, in 2017 to pursue a Ph.D. in Politics and International Affairs at the University of South Florida. His dissertation, titled "The Cooperation between Russia and Iran-Led Shia Axis: Its Nature and Implications for the United States in America," reflects his acute analysis of geopolitical dynamics and their global ramifications, specifically concerning US foreign policy. His incisive analyses on regional security in the Middle East and Russian foreign policy have since been published by esteemed platforms including the Harvard Journal of Middle Eastern Politics & Policy, the London School of Economics Middle East Center, Atlantic Council, Middle East Eye, Politics Today, New Arab, the Global Post, and Trends Research and Advisory. In addition, Arman frequently shares his expertise on media channels like Al-Jazeera and the BBC.Proficient in English and Persian, Arman also has a working knowledge of Russian.

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