Name: Abolghasem Bayyenat
Nationality: Iranian
Email: Bayyenat@irandiplomacywatch.com
Abolghasem Bayyenat is a recent PhD in political science (international relations and comparative politics) from Syracuse University. Dr. Bayyenat's dissertation title is State Identities and Foreign Policy Change: The Logic and Political Dynamics of Iran’s Nuclear Policy-Making, 2002-2015His dissertation examines the changing patterns of accommodation and resistance in Iranian nuclear policy from 2002, when its nuclear issue was internationalized, to 2015, when Iran and major world powers reached the comprehensive nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA. By developing and applying a synthetic analytic framework, Dr. Bayyenat explains Iran’s nuclear policy shifts over this period in terms of the changing power dynamics between the two competing state identity discourses of “revolutionary-Islamic” and “moderate-Islamic” within Iran’s political space. His dissertation provides an account of how Iran’s nuclear policy preferences were formed and the processes and political dynamics in which those competing preferences were translated into policies. This dissertation demostrates that situation-relevant systemic and domestic political, economic, and institutional variables interacted with competing state identity discourses to  shape Iran's nuclear policy. 

Dr. Bayyenat has an extensive educational, research, teaching, and professional background in multiple subfields and research areas in international relations and comparative politics. His teaching interests and specialties encompass such broad areas as international relations theories, comparative foreign policy, international security, politics of nuclear (non)proliferation, comparative and international political economy, politics of development, national and subnational identity politics, and politics and international relations of the Middle East. He has around seven years of teaching experience as independent instructor, discussion section leader, and teaching assistant primarily in international relations and comparative politics courses at Syracuse University.

Dr. Bayyenat recently published a book chapter entitled "The American Factor: U.S. Diplomacy and the Trajectory of Iran's Nuclear Issue, 2002-2015." He currently has a paper under R&R review by a leading Middle East studies journal which deals with the impact of great power rivalries on Iran’s sovereignty during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He will soon have another paper drawing on his dissertation research under review by a prominent journal of international security and foreign policy. Prior to embarking on his doctoral studies, Dr. Bayyenat also published an article in a British academic journal and a series of book chapters and working papers on various aspects of the international trade system and Iran’s foreign trade regime. His popular foreign policy commentaries have featured in many newspapers and online journals, including San Francisco Chronicle, Asia Times, Foreign Policy In Focus, Common Dreams, Counterpunch, Eurasia Review,  AntiWar.com, Foreign Policy Journal, Tehran Times, Middle East Online, Online Opinion, American Chronicle, and a number of other newspapers and online journals. He has also been interviewed and quoted by a number of major international news agencies and online journals and has given invited talks at academic institutions and policy research institutes on Iran's foreign policy and domestic political developments in the U.S. 

Besides academic studies in political science and international relations, Dr. Bayyenat also has practical experience in international trade diplomacy. He has worked for several years as international affairs and trade expert for the Ministry of Commerce of Iran, covering primarily the accession of Iran to the World Trade Organization. As part of his job, he was involved in a number of bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations between Iran and its trade partners, including the European Union and other regional economic organizations, such as the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC). He has also participated as a trade expert in numerous high-level expert meetings and international conferences, including the WTO Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong in 2005 and several expert meetings sponsored by the UNCTAD and the WTO in Geneva, Switzerland. He also worked for two years for Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs following his graduation from the School of International Relations, affiliated with Iran’s MFA.

Below is a chronological listing of his university education experience:

-Ph D in political science, Maxwell School, Syracuse University
-MA in international peace studies, University of Notre Dame
-MA in international relations, University of Tehran
-BA in diplomatic relations, School of International Relations, Tehran