Cambridge Security Programme (CSP)

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Roxane Farmanfarmaian

CSP Coordinator of Programme Development (2004-2007)
PhD Candidate, Centre of International Studies,
University of Cambridge

Roxane Farmanfarmaian is the Coordinator of Programme Development for CSP. At present Roxane is a PhD Candidate at the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge. Her current research is on Western Identity and Islamic Threat: Interpretations of Democracy in the Persian Gulf, 1979-2004. Roxane is also the Editor of the Cambridge Review of International Affair; Donner Scholar for research in Trans-Atlantic Relations; Editor, MoD/CSIS report, A New Security Paradigm.

Roxane is a specialist in Western policy toward Iran and Iraq, including issues of oil, media, terrorism, and Islam. This specialist knowledge has led to many influential roles. Roxane was Briefer for British Ministry of Defence, Speech to Officers of the Queens Royal Hussars in Sept. 2003 in preparation for their departure to Basra. Other roles she has had are; Policy Scholar, EastWest Institute (2002-); Guest Lecturer, Middle East Department, University of California, Berkeley (1997-2001); Speaker and Commentator, including appearances at: The Commonwealth Club, San Francisco; The Council on Foreign Relations, Dallas; closed sessions with Congressional Representatives, Washington, D.C.; TV and Radio Commentator for, among others: CNN International, BBC, NBC-San Francisco, ABC-Los Angeles, NPR, WNEW-New York;

Educated at Princeton University, Roxane studied Middle East Studies at degree level writing her thesis on the 'The Entrepreneurial Elites of Iran'. In 2001 she completed an M. Phil in International Studies at the University of Cambridge, writing a thesis on The Media's Policy Impact in the Confrontation between the West and Islam, 1979-2001.

Her recent publications include:

  • Blood and Oil: Inside the Shah's Iran (Random House 1997; Modern Library 1998).

Roxane has also had her work published in other forms of media having been an Essayist and Op-Ed writer with articles/editorials published in: The New York Times, USA Today, The Times of London Sunday Magazine. She has also worked for various other newspapers and television as journalist or editor.

Roxane a member of various associations that include, British International Studies Association; Authors Guild, New York; British Institute of Persian Studies, London; Pacific Council on International Policy, San Francisco; PEN International Transatlantic Forum, Quandt Foundation (2000,2001, 2004) Fellow, Munich. She is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Centre of International Studies