US foreign policy towards Iran
Research in this area looks at theoretical and sociological approaches to regime change. Another project draws on role theory to examine the impact of the Iranian Revolution on foreign policy and international order. A third project began with the purpose of examining contemporary Canadian-Iranian relations. To that end, Dr Christian Emery has recently held a visiting fellowship at the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.
Italian foreign policy
Building on previous research which attempted to provide a theoretically informed explanation of Italian foreign policy in the post-Cold War period with specific attention being paid to a neoclassical realist approach, Dr Lorenzo Cladi is interested in looking at the drivers behind specific Italian military interventions. Specifically, the research aims at elucidating how drivers such as domestic politics, international constraints and international institutions play out to shape a middle power’s foreign policy.
Iran and the international
Research in this area explores the relationship between Iran and the international, focusing specifically on the Islamic Republic of Iran. Dr Shabnam Holliday has worked on the relationship between Iran and the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ and the role of the international in Iran’s own uprisings. Her current research looks at the relationship between domestic and international politics with regard to Iran-Israel relations and the Islamic Republic’s populist discourse. From spring 2018, Shabnam Holliday is the Director of the Modern Research project, British Institute of Persian Studies. This project brings together scholars working on Iran’s relationship with the internal across the modern period.