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Jadaliyya Talks: Negar Razavi on The Systemic Problem of “Iran Expertise” in Washington

Negar Razavi

Interviewed by Noura Erakat , Bassam Haddad
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In the latest installment of Jadaliyya Talks, Negar Razavi sat down with Co-Founder/Editor of Jadaliyya, Bassam Haddad, and human rights attorney and Co-Editor of Jadaliyya, Noura Erakat, to discuss her article "The Sytemic Problem of 'Iran Expertise' in Washington." In this interview, they discuss the article, go in-depth with Negar's methodology and findings of her study, as well as the huge online conversation the article initiated.

About the Article:

Negar Razavi's article, titled "The Sytemic Problem of 'Iran Expertise' in Washington," is a political anthropological study of the US foreign policy establishment and think tank community focusing on Iran. Her research found that "These individuals often mistranslate, mischaracterize, or dangerously simplify evidence to support their ideological agenda." Read the entirety of her incredibly important article here.

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Negar Razavi
Negar Razavi

Visiting Assistant Professor at William & Mary

Negar Razavi is a political anthropologist with a focus on critical security studies, expertise, gender, race, and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Her research specifically examines the role of policy experts and think tanks in shaping U.S. security policies towards Iran and Egypt. She received her PhD in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and is teaching at William and Mary as a Visiting Assistant Professor in anthropology.

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