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Meir Javedanfar

Iranian-Israeli Middle East analyst specializing in Iranian affairs

Travels from Tel Aviv, Israel

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Anti-Terrorism and Security, Middle Eastern and Foreign Affairs


Meir Javedanfar is an Iranian-Israeli Middle East analyst specializing in Iranian affairs.  He teaches the “Contemporary Iranian Politics” course at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel.

Mr. Javedanfar has lectured on Iran in five languages all over the world.  He has been invited by a number of European governments as well as the US Department of Defense, National Security Council and the State Department to share his findings on Iran’s nuclear program as well as the Iranian government’s domestic and foreign policies. 

Mr. Javedanfar has been described as “a respected, Iranian-born writer and analyst specializing in Israeli-Iranian relations” by TIME magazine; a top Israeli expert on Iran by The Global Post; and as “one of the best informed observers” by Asia Times.

Meir coauthored the first biography of President Ahmadinejad.  Called “The Nuclear Sphinx of Tehran – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and The State of Iran” the book focuses on the mysterious past of the President, as well as on Iran’s nuclear program.  It has been published in English, Hebrew, Dutch and Polish. 

Meir’s columns have appeared in a number of publications including PBS Tehran Bureau, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and in Farsi for BBC Persian.  He was a regular contributor to The Guardian until recently, and continues to appear frequently as a writer in The Diplomat.

Mr Javedanfar speaks Persian, Hebrew, English, Spanish and Portuguese and is called upon regularly to appear on TV as a guest expert for CNN, Bloomberg, BBC World, Al Jazeera English, France 24 and BBC Persian.  In print, Mr. Javedanfar has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and many other respected newspapers.

Mr. Javedanfar has a masters in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom.  He runs the Middle East Economic and Political Analysis Company (MEEPAS) from its offices in Tel Aviv.

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