Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin

Arshin Adib-Moghaddam is a critical theorist, SOAS academic and the author of The International Politics of the Persian Gulf: A cultural genealogy (Routledge, 2006), Iran in World Politics: The question of the Islamic Republic published this year by Hurst & Co and Columbia University Press and A Metahistory of the Clash of Civilisations (forthcoming, 2009). His writings about US foreign policies, Iran, western Asia, Islam, international relations and other subjects have been published globally and are available in over a dozen languages.


Obama and the “non-American” world order

Redefining the role of “the leader of the free world”

By Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, 29th January 2009

obamareunido.jpgWhile Obama has raised many hopes and achieved a rhetorical break with the totalitarian language of the Bush administration, his choice of advisers indicates regression rather than progression. Yet if his promise turns out to be meretricious, the world’s rocky relationship with the United States will deteriorate even further.


Without comments

Who is counting the dead in Afghanistan? Another war lost

A People without a voice and the fight that cannot help them

By Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, 16th October 2008

afganistanwar1.jpgBy and large the war in Afghanistan has been met with a chronic state of ambivalence by the international media after the onset of the war in Iraq. The situation grows direr every day and the author questions whether the objectives set forth by the U.S government are working or could have ever worked.


War plans and the demise of US power

The rejection of America’s grand strategy in the Middle East

By Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, 5th August 2008

gatesrobertsenate.jpgIt is Iran’s ability and willingness to contribute to stabilise the Middle East, and the hardcore realpolitik pursued to this end, that compelled the Bush administration to pursue higher level security talks with the Islamic Republic, says the author. It remains to be seen if the next President in the White House will appreciate these changing realities within the region, or will continue to huff and puff like an exhausted diva forced to share the grand stage (of world politics) with others.


Imported anarchy in Iraq

A “quasi” state searching for internal and regional stability

By Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, 4th April 2008

irakarshin.jpgRecently, officials in Washington D.C., London, and Paris have claimed that, for ordinary Iraqis, the security situation has been improved by the surge in U.S. troops. However, the Iraqi people continue to suffer, with thousands dead, millions injured, and millions more displaced. What led to this anarchic situation and how can it be contained?


The futility of sanctioning Tehran

“Isolated Iran”, myth or reality?

By Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, 15th January 2008

ahmadinejad.jpgThe author argues that far from being isolated, Iran is embedded in myriad political and economic relations with global outreach. Sanctioning Iran is thus a futile strategy and needs to be substituted with a systematic effort to establish diplomatic relations between the United States and Iran, once the belligerent Bush and Ahmadinejad administrations leave office.


Why the US is losing in Iraq

Lessons not learned from the last four years

By Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, 27th December 2007

Understand why the United States and his allies are unable to win in Iraq in spite of their overwhelming military force. Understand which is the role that plays the merger of the Wahhabi neo-fundamentalism, the Arab ultra-nationalism and the Shia revolutionism.


The new anti-Iranianism

When the American Media targets Tehran

By Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, 25th October 2007

The author discusses his views about a form of new anti-Iranianism referring to a general attitude of disrespect and vengefulness supported by the American media post 9-11, sighting examples such as the visit of Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to New York.


Uprising Against the ‘War on Terror’

The danger to international security of US Foreign Policy

By Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, 5th February 2007

Arshin Adib-Moghaddam writes on how with the growing conflict in Somalia, and the rising tension over Iran‘s nuclear program, it is the United States that has worsened the situation, taking violent, unjust, unilateral action with disastrous results. The War on Terror, Moghaddam writes, has been used as an excuse to perpetuate illegal intervention, international anarchy, and hegemonic control of the world. And while Iran is currently being portrayed as a danger to regional security, it is the US and Israel that present the real dangers. The rational majority must rise up against the dangerous ideology of US Foreign Policy in favour of coexistence and positive solutions to endemic problems.