Alvandi, Roham

Dr Roham Alvandi  


Position held

Associate Professor of International History


Non LSE positions held

British Institute of Persian Studies

Governing Council


Oxford Analytica

Region Head, Middle East and North Africa


Experience keywords:

British foreign policy; Iran; Middle East; Persian Gulf; US foreign policy

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Dr Roham Alvandi is a historian of Iran and the modern Middle East. He is the author of "Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: The United States and Iran in the Cold War" (Oxford University Press, 2014). He has written extensively on the history of Iran’s foreign relations and is currently working on a second book, "Iran’s Cold War," an international history of Iran’s role in the global struggle between the capitalist West and communist East from the 1940s to the 1980s.

Before joining the LSE, he worked on the strategic planning staff in the office of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Tehran.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Britain; Iran; Middle East; Persian Gulf; United States

Media experience:

Radio; TV

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Alvandi, Roham (2015) Diplomatic relations after the Iran nuclear deal International History (9 Sep 2015) Blog entry


Alvandi, Roham (2014) Flirting with neutrality: the Shah, Khrushchev, and the failed 1959 Soviet–Iranian negotiations Iranian Studies, 47 (3). 419-440. ISSN 0021-0862

Alvandi, Roham (2014) The Shah's détente with Khrushchev: Iran's 1962 missile base pledge to the Soviet Union Cold War History, 14 (3). 423-444. ISSN 1468-2745

Alvandi, Roham (2014) Guest editor's introduction: Iran and the Cold War Iranian Studies, 47 (3). 373-378. ISSN 0021-0862

Alvandi, Roham (2014) Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: the United States and Iran in the Cold War Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199375691


Alvandi, Roham (2012) Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: the origins of Iranian primacy in the Persian Gulf Diplomatic History, 36 (2). 337-372. ISSN 1467-7709


Alvandi, Roham (2010) Muhammad Reza Pahlavi and the Bahrain question, 1968-1970 British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 37 (2). 159-177. ISSN 1353-0194

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Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah examines the Cold War partnership that was forged between Iran and the United States in the 1970s.

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Foundation for Iranian Studies Dissertation Prize (2011) University of Oxford Pavry Memorial Prize (2011)

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