SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Shirin Shafaie

BA in Philosophy, MA in Philosophy of Art (Tehran), Peace Building and Armed Conflict (UNU, Tokyo), MSc in Middle East Politics (London, SOAS), PhD in Politics (London, SOAS)
  • Teaching
  • Expertise
  • Publications


Shirin Shafaie
Centre for Iranian Studies

Associate Member

Department of Politics and International Studies

Teaching Fellow

Dr Shirin Shafaie
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PhD Research

  • Critical War Studies
  • Iran-Iraq War and Iranian War Narratives
  • Critical Theory/Frankfurt School
  • International Diplomacy
  • Oral History


Translated Books:
  • Encyclopaedia of the World of Islam (Danesh-nameh Jahan Islam), Volume B, Specialised translation from Old and Modern Persian and Arabic to English, The Encyclopaedia Islamica Foundation, Tehran, Iran (2012)
  • Gender and Aesthetics: An Introduction, by Carolyn Korsmeyer, Translation from English to Persian, Gam-e Now Publishing Company, Tehran, Iran (2007)
Conference Papers:
  • “From Philosophy of History to Oral History: A Critical Review”, the Fifth Doctoral Symposium on the “Politics of Experience: Theorizing the politics of the past” organised by the Finnland-Institut in Berlin (October 2012)
  • “Memories With and Without Narratives in the Iranian War Discourse”, Matchpoints Seminar, Conference on Conflict in Memory”, Aarhus University, Denmark (May 2012)
  • “Popular Iranian War Narratives: Discovering A New Past”, Workshop in Politics of Memory, Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS, University of London (May 2012)
  • “Iran's Treatment of POWs: An Iraqi Narrative”, World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies, Barcelona (July 2010)
  • “Iran’s New President: Challenges and Opportunities for Regional and International Cooperation”, published in Russian and Armenian by The Analyticon: Analytical Monthly Journal; and in English by Iran Review, (August 2013)
  • “Iran Should not Allow the Talks to be a ‘Success’ If ..” Policy Recommendation Paper for Iran, Iran Review and Muftah, (2012)
  • “A Requiem for Humanitarianism”, Monthly Review (28 October 2011)
  • “Germany's Unilateral Sanction against Itself and the Unspoken Moral of the Story”, Monthly Review (07 February 2010)
  • “After Moscow: Will there be War or Peace”, Interview with Nikolay Kozhanov, Two Parts, Fair Observer (June 2012)
  • “Can Moscow talks make a difference?”, Debate with Dmitry Kosyrev, David Hartwell and Matthew Harris, Voice of Russia (June 2012)
  • “Hazardous Sovereignty: Why Uranium Enrichment Matters?”, Talk and article published by Fair Observer (20 May 2012)
  • “Diplomatic Miscalculations and the Threat of War”, Interview with Ambassador Peter Jenkins, Fair Observer (22 February 2012)
  • “The Iranian Uranium Controversy”, Debate with James Blake, Patrick Hayes and Leonid Savin, Voice of Russia (17 February 2012)
  • “Iran’s nuclear program and the risk of a military attack”, Debate with Mark Fitzpatrick and Sir Richard Dalton, host Phil Rees, The World This Week, Islam Channel (26 Jan 2012)
  • “Iran, Israel and the US: Who’s Threatening Who?”, Interviewed by International Politics Energy and Culture, InPEC (22 December 2011)
  • “Is western media preparing the public for a war with Iran?”, Commentator on A Simple Question, Press TV (12 December 2011)
  • “Breakdown of diplomatic relations between Iran and UK and possibility of an oil embargo against Iran”, Debate hosted by Phil Rees, The World This Week, Islam Channel (01 December 2011)
  • “The West Cannot Afford a Fully Independent Iran”, Interviewed by Iranicum (German Political Magazine), also published in English by Iran Review (04 August 2011)
  • “Persian Gulf: Is Obama’s Defensive Shield a Trojan Horse”, Debate with Bob Ayers and John Rees hosted by Yvonne Ridley, Agenda, Press TV, (26 February 2010)
  • Book Review: Women, Power and Politics in 21st Century Iran, edited by Elaheh Rostami-Povey and Tara Povey, Ashgate, 2012. Book Review published by Iran Review, September 2013.
  • “Political Economy of Iran: Historical Dimensions and Contemporary Implications”, Guest Lecturer at the Summer School Course on Development and Conflict, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (July 2013)
  • “Iran’s foreign policy in the South Caucasus after the election of the new president, Dr Hasan Rouhani”, presentation at the second Caucasus 2025 seminar “The Way Forward”, organised by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), Geneva, Switzerland ( June 2013)
  • A Nuclear Iran: The Start of a Middle Eastern Arms Race?”, Debate and presentation with David Patrikarakos and Giuseppe Paparella, The New Turn Organisation, Kings College, University of London (February 2013)
  • “Nuclear Proliferation and Non-Proliferation: A Comparative Study of Three Middle Eastern Cases: Iran, the UAE, Israel”, public lecture at the Annual Conference of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), London (January 2013)
  • “New Popular Oral Histories and War Stories in Iran”, Guest Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä, Finland (December 2012)
  • “Post-1979 History, Politics and Culture in Iran”, Public lecture at the Nour Festival: Contemporary art, design, film, music and literature from the Middle East and North Africa, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London (November 2012)
  • “Chain Reaction: do all nuclear programmes stand in the way of nuclear weapons abolition?”, Presentation and debate with Kate Hudson (General Secretary, CND), Dominique Lalanne (Abolition 2000 Europe) and Peter Burt (Nuclear Information Service), Public meeting, London (March, 2012)
  • “Proliferation or Non-Proliferation: That is NOT the Question for the Middle East”, Public lecture at Amnesty International UK, London (March 2012)
  • Public lecture on “Iran’s Treatment of Iraqi POWs: An Iraqi Narrative” followed by screening of an Iranian film, the Night Bus, Centre for Iranian Studies, SOAS, London (December 2011)
  • “The Politicisation of Iran’s Nuclear Programme and the Geneva Negotiations”, Public lecture at Peterhouse Political Society, University of Cambridge (December 2010)
  • “Oral History of the Victims of Iraqi Chemical Attacks”, Guest lecturer, Tehran Peace Museum, Tehran (28 August 2010)



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  • TV
  • Radio
  • Press
  • Briefings
Regional Expertise
  • Near and Middle East
Country Expertise
  • Iran
  • Russia
  • Turkey
  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Persian Modern
  • Russian


Book Chapters

Shafaie, Shirin (2015) '‘Bringing Faith Back In’: Muslim and Christian Approaches to Nuclear (Non)-Proliferation and Disarmament'. In: Hedges, Paul, (ed.), Contemporary Muslim-Christian Encounters: Developments, Diversity and Dialogues. London; New York: Bloomsbury, pp 167-184.

Book Reviews

Shafaie, Shirin (2015) 'Martin, V. (2013). Iran between Islamic Nationalism and Secularism: The Constitutional Revolution of 1906'. Diplomacy & Statecraft, (26) 2, pp 368-370.


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