Mah-Rukh Ali: IRAN AND THE NEW MIDDLE EAST

IRAN OG DET NYE MIDTØSTEN                                                                                            Published by Kagge Forlag, 2018

 

Iran is the rising superpower in the Middle East. The bitter rivalry between Saudi Arabia and the containment of ISIS yielded the country a key position in the region. On one side Iran could play a decisive role in defeating terrorism and enact a close ally to the West. On the other side the country has, since Khomeini’s revolution in 1979, been accused of exporting terror to the rest of the world. Is Iran a friend or a foe? And why did a culture loving people elect a fundamentalist hierocracy?

On a journey into the recent political history of Iran, Mah-Rukh Ali endeavours to find answers.

«A fascinating introduction to Iranian culture and policy. Accessible and fetching to everyone interested.» Sverre Lodgaard, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.

Mah-Rukh Ali (b. 1982) has previously worked as a journalist and news anchor in the Norwegian national broadcast channel TV 2. Ali’s academic background includes a Master in International Policy and Diplomacy, SOAS, London University (2008-2009), and she has contributed as a guest researcher with the University of Oxford, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, and with Harvard in 2017. In 2015 she published The Threat from ISIS (Kagge Publishing), which sold over 30.000 copies. At present, she is the Head of Communication and Advocacy at CARE (a global aid organization which endeavours to improve the living conditions of women). She is also a columnist in one of the national newspapers (The Norwegian Business Daily) in which she writes about foreign policy.

 

Mah-Rukh Ali