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Mehdi Sanaei

  • Mehdi Sanaei has been at HSE University since 2021.

Responsibilities

  • Associate Professor of the Department of Russian Studies, Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran.
  • Advisor to the Rector of Tehran University for Russia and Eurasia since 2020
  • Senior Adviser to the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2019.
  • Member of advisory board of the Journal «Russia in global affairs» since 2019.
  • Honorary member of the Russian Academy of Sciences since May 2014.
  • Expert of the Valdai discussion club since 2008.
  • Director General of the IRAS Research Center (study of Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus) since 2004.

Education and Degrees

  • 2001

    PhD
    Institute for Social and Political Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences

  • 1996

    Master's in International Relations
    University of Tehran

  • 1992

    Bachelor's in Political Science
    University of Tehran

Courses

  • Associate Professor of the Department of Russian Studies, Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran.
  • Lecturer at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, National Research University Higher School of Economics, 2014-2015; 2018-2019.
  • Lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science of Moscow State University, 2015-2017.
  • Awarded Professor of Political Science at the Saint Petersburg State University since 2014.
  • Associate faculty member of the Faculty of Law and Political Science, University of Tehran, 2003-2013.

Publications

Books in Persian

  • Russia: Society, Politics and Government , SAMT Press, 2016.
  • From This Approach (Collection of Speeches and Articles),Tahura Press,Tehran, 2015.
  • Historical Ties Between Iran and Central Asia, Supervised by Dr. Sanai, IRAS and ECO Cultural Institute,Tehran, 2014.
  • Iran-Central Asia Relationships, IPIS, 2011.
  • With Nahavand: memories of Election 2007 [1386] IRAS Press, Tehran, 2010.
  • Iran-Russia Relationships, IRAS Press, 2008.
  • Souvenir of Transoxiana, Tehran, 1999.
  • Iran’s Position in Central Asia Tehran, 1997.

Books in Russian

Translation from English and Russian

  • Russia in search of identity, J. Billington, IRAS and Tehran University, Tehran, 2006.
  • Russian Foreign Policy: Self-Consciousness and National Interests, A. Zadokhin, Tehran, 2005.

Articles

Conferences

  • Central Asian Conference of the Valdai International Discussion Club on the topic: "Russia and Central Asia in the face of the challenges of the new world - a joint path to the future", Session IV. Russia's policy in Central Eurasia and its perception by regional powers, Kazan, 2021.
  • 10th Middle East Conference of the Valdai Club, Middle East in Search for Lost Awakening, Nationalism, Islamism etc: Between Ideologies and Political Projects, Moscow, 2021.
  • International Student Online Conference "Russia and Iran: New Areas of Cooperation in the 21st Century", Department of Foreign Regional Studies, Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, National Research University Higher School of Economics & Tehran University and the Center for Iranian and Eurasian Studies (IRAS), 2021.
  • XIII Eurasian Economic Forum in Verona, Italy, 2020.
  • I Russian-Iranian Sociological Forum, Institute for Socio-Political Research & Institute  for Demographic Research RAS, Moscow, 2020.

Employment history

  • Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Russian Federation in 2013–2019.
  • Editor in chief and member of editorial board of the World Studies Quarterly, University of Tehran in 2011–2017.
  • Member of the eighth and ninth convocations of the Islamic Consultative Council of Iran in 2008-2013.
  • Director of the Department of Russian Studies, Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran in 2007–2013.
  • Deputy Head of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Commission on National Security and Foreign Policy.
  • Head of the parliamentary friendship group with Russia and Ukraine.
  • Head of the Institute of Culture of the Regional Organization for Economic Cooperation (2005–2006).
  • Cultural Counselor at the Iranian Embassy in Russia 2003–2009
  • Executive director and editor-in-chief of the magazine "Perspectives of Cultural Relations" in 2003–2006.
  • Research & Education deputy to Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (2003–2005).
  • Cultural Counselor at the Iranian Embassy in Kazakhstan 1995–1996