Alex Vatanka is a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute, where he specializes in Middle Eastern regional security affairs with a particular focus on Iran. From 2006 to 2010, he was the managing editor of Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst. From 2001 to 2006, he was a senior political analyst at Jane’s in London where he mainly covered the Middle East. Alex is also a senior fellow in Middle East studies at the US Air Force Special Operations School at Hurlburt Field and teaches as an adjunct professor at DISAM at Wright-Patterson AFB. He is the author of Iran-Pakistan: Security, Diplomacy, and American Influence (2015) and is presently working on his second book, The Making of Iranian Foreign Policy: Contested Ideology, Personal Rivalries and the Domestic Struggle to Define Iran’s Place in the World. Born in Tehran, he holds a BA in political science from Sheffield University and an MA in international relations from Essex University, and he is fluent in Farsi and Danish.