Looking at the Middle East in global perspective

US-Middle East Relations; The Political Economy of Oil; Media in the Middle East; The Shia Crescent; and The Arab Awakening.

Roxane offers a unique perspective as a woman on the tough issues of hard security and international political economy in the Middle East, a conflict-ridden region undergoing significant geo-strategic shifts in its relationships both at home and abroad.



September 18-20, 2013 --
Middle East Analyst for Global Horizons Conference
Oxford Analytica
Christs Church College, Oxford University


April 15, 2013 --
Riverside Theatre Lecture Series, Vero Beach, FL.
"Israel can Live with a Nuclear Iran"

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May 6, 2013 --
Columbia University Global Center's Middle East Speakers Series
Amman, Jordan

March 14, 2013--
World Affairs Council of Orange County
Syria, Iran and the Middle East: Are we on the cusp of a new Cold War?

October 9, 2012 --
Middle East Labyrinth: Challenges and Prospects
World Affairs Council
Patricia Patterson Endowed Lecture
"A Brand New Middle East? How the Iran-Syria Axis is Redrawing the Map."
Dallas, TX, USA

September 19-21, 2012 --
Global Horizons: The Oxford Analytica Conference 2012
Christ Church College, Oxford

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July 1, 2012 - August 18, 2012
Inaugural Fellow, Al Jazeera Centre of Studies

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PUBLIC LECTURE: Understanding Iran's Nuclear Strategy
Crossing Red Lines the West can Set but not Enforce – Without War
Doha, Qatar

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June 7, 2012--
Intelligence Squared "What Do We Do About Iran"

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June 2, 2012 --
Princeton University Reunion Panel on the Arab Spring
Princeton, NJ

September 28, 2011--
The Arab Summer: New Developments for US policy
David M. Kennedy Center at Brigham Young University Utah, USA

May 24, 2011--
The Arab Spring: Implications for the Arab World and US Policy
UN Association of Utah, USA

January 20, 2011--
Dangerous Passions
30th Anniversary of the Iranian Hostage Release
SLC Main Library, Utah USA

November 7, 2010--
The Iranian Enigma: Nuclear Pariah or Global Energy Resource
Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy John and Marcia Price World Affairs Lecture

Blood and Oil


Roxane is a specialist on Iranian geo-strategic affairs, particularly its relations with regional neighbours, and with the US and EU. She is the author of Blood and Oil: A Prince's Memoir of Iran, from the Shah to the Ayatollah, and of numerous scholarly articles on Iran’s Islamic revolution, its oil economy and its security profile. Farmanfarmaian obtained her MPhil and PhD from Cambridge University and her BA from Princeton University.

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