The International Institute for Strategic Studies

Dr Mahsa Rouhi, Research Fellow for the Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme, joins Dr Kori Schake for this episode of Sounds Strategic.

Mahsa and Kori discuss Iran’s nuclear and foreign policy. Their dynamic discussion covers the current heightening of tensions with the US, revolutionary ideology, the strategic security decisions made since the revolution and the bottom-up approach taken to make these decisions.

With a research focus on nuclear policy and security strategy in the Middle East, particularly Iran, Mahsa is perfectly placed to explore the country’s actions since the US withdrawal from the JCPOA and what they mean for the region. To avoid misinterpreting Iran’s politics, Mahsa reinforces the importance of analysing both Iran’s nuclear and regional policies against the wider background of its strategic objectives.