About

                                                                                       Name: Abolghasem Bayyenat
Nationality: Iranian
Email: Bayyenat@irandiplomacywatch.com
Background:
Abolghasem Bayyenat is an independent political analyst writing mainly on Iran's foreign policy developments . His current active research interests include the role of state identity discourses in the foreign policy of Iran. He is also interested in the study of the political economy of development, international trade and sanctions, as well as politics of national and subnational identities.  

Besides academic studies in political science and international relations, he has also 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.

He has published a number of book chapters and academic journal articles on domestic and international trade regimes in both English and Persian. He has also co-translated and published several books on the international trade system in Iran. His popular foreign policy articles and commentaries have featured in numerous 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. 
    
He left governmental bureaucracy service prior to entering Syracuse University’s PhD program in political science. He is currently a PhD candidate at Maxwell School of Syracuse University, with a focus on international relations and comparative politics. Since his matriculation at Syracuse University, he has maintained no employment ties with the Iranian government .

Below is a chronological listing of his university education experience:

-Ph D program in political science, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, in progress
-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.
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