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Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Research Professor

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

Alfred Deakin Institute

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Contact

Biography

Shahram Akbarzadeh is Research Professor of Middle East & Central Asian Politics.

 

He held the prestigious ARC Future Fellowship between 2013-2016.

He has an active research interest in the politics of Central Asia, Islam, Muslims in Australia and the Middle East.He has been involved in organising a number of key conferences, including a Chatham House rule workshop on Australia's relations with Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan (2007), sponsored by the International Centre of Excellence for Asia Pacific Studies, and a conference on the Arab Revolution with Freedom House, sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).


In 2000 Professor Akbarzadeh was the Middle East Studies conference co-convener and served as the Central and West Asia Councillor for the Asian Studies Association of Australia (1999-2004). He has promoted Asian studies through contacts with industry and the academia by research and publication. He guest edited a special issue of Asian Studies Review on the Middle East (Vol.25, No.2, 2001) and a special issue of the Journal of Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies on Globalization (Vol. 5, No.2, 2000).

He has published more than 40 refereed papers. Among his latest publications are a sole-authored book on Uzbekistan and the United States, a co-authored books on US Foreign Policy in the Middle East, Crisis Zone: Middle East Politics and International Relations, and  Muslim Active Citizenship in the West.

Professor Akbarzadeh is the founding Editor of the Islamic Studies Series, published by Melbourne University Press, and a regular public commentator. He has produced key reports for the Australian Research Council (ARC) on Australian based scholarship on Islam, and also for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) on Muslim Voices and Mapping Employment and Education; and has produced a report on Islam in the Australian media. He acted as Convenor of the Islam Node for the ARC Asia Pacific Futures Research Network.


He is a member of the Editorial Board of leading refereed journals: Global Change, Peace & Security, the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, and the Journal of Asian Security & International Affairs.

 

He is the founding President of the Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS) Inc. and Convenor of the Middle East Studies Forum (MESF).

 

For for info refer to http://www.shahram-akbarzadeh.com/

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Knowledge areas

Middle East politics

Central Asia politics

Political Islam and extremism 

Islam in the West

Projects

ARC Future Fellowship: Role of Islam in Iran's Foreign Policy making

Qatar Foundation: Sectarianism in the Middle East 

Publications

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2020

The Taliban: a new proxy for Iran in Afghanistan?

S Akbarzadeh, N Ibrahimi

(2020), Vol. 41, pp. 764-782, Third World Quarterly, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Pre-election polling and the democratic veneer in a hybrid regime

D Conduit, S Akbarzadeh

(2020), pp. 1-21, Democratization, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

The ICC and R2P: complementary or contradictory?

A Saba, S Akbarzadeh

(2020), pp. 1-26, International peacekeeping, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Religionization of politics in Iran: Shi'i seminaries as the bastion of resistance

N Ghobadzadeh, S Akbarzadeh

(2020), Vol. 56, pp. 570-584, Middle Eastern Studies, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Pakistan caught between Iran and Saudi Arabia

Z Ahmed, S Akbarzadeh

(2020), pp. 1-15, Contemporary South Asia, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article
2019

The blurred line between state identity and realpolitik

S Akbarzadeh

(2019), pp. 1-7, Routledge Handbook of International Relations in the Middle East, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Proxy relations: Iran and Hezbollah

S Akbarzadeh

(2019), pp. 321-329, Routledge Handbook of International Relations in the Middle East, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Great power-middle power dynamics: the case of China and Iran

D Conduit, Shahram Akbarzadeh

(2019), Vol. 28, pp. 468-481, Journal of contemporary China, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Intra-Jihadist conflict and cooperation: Islamic State-Khorasan Province and the Taliban in Afghanistan

N Ibrahimi, S Akbarzadeh

(2019), pp. 1-22, Studies in conflict and terrorism, London, ENg., C1

journal article

The Kurds in Iran: balancing national and ethnic identity in a securitised environment

Shahram Akbarzadeh, Zahid Ahmed, Costas Laoutides, William Gourlay

(2019), Vol. 40, pp. 1145-1162, Third world quarterly, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Sectarianism and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

Zahid Ahmed, Shahram Akbarzadeh

(2019), pp. 1-18, Territory, Politics, Governance, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The Iranian Kurds' transnational links: Impacts on mobilization and political ambitions

Shahram Akbarzadeh, Costas Laoutides, W Gourlay, Zahid Ahmed

(2019), pp. 1-20, Ethnic and Racial Studies, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Routledge handbook of international relations in the Middle East

S Akbarzadeh

(2019), London, Eng., A7

edited book
2018

Middle East politics and international relations: Crisis zone

S Akbarzadeh, K Baxter

(2018), London, Eng., A1

book

Negotiating popular mandate and the sovereignty of God in Iran

S Akbarzadeh, J Barry

(2018), pp. 159-178, The Politics of Islamism: Diverging Visions and Trajectories, Cham, Switzerland, B1

book chapter

Top-down or bottom-up? Towards a theory of change for human rights practice in Iran

R Barlow, Shahram Akbarzadeh

(2018), pp. 3-24, Human rights and agents of change in Iran: towards a theory of change, Singapore, B1

book chapter

Intersecting issues and their implications for human rights practice in Iran

R Barlow, Shahram Akbarzadeh

(2018), pp. 179-203, Human rights and agents of change in Iran: towards a theory of change, Singapore, B1

book chapter

The 'inside track' approach to change in Iran under President Rouhani: the case of freedom on the internet

D Conduit, S Akbarzadeh

(2018), pp. 27-50, Human rights and agents of change in Iran, Singapore, B1

book chapter

Contentious politics and Middle Eastern oppositions after the uprisings

D Conduit, Shahram Akbarzadeh

(2018), pp. 1-14, New opposition in the Middle East, Singapore, B1

book chapter

The Iranian reform movement since 2009

D Conduit, Shahram Akbarzadeh

(2018), pp. 119-149, New opposition in the Middle East, Singapore, B1

book chapter

Impacts of Saudi hegemony on the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

S Akbarzadeh, Z Ahmed

(2018), Vol. 31, pp. 297-311, International journal of politics, culture and society, New York, N.Y., C1

journal article

The responsibility to protect and the use of force: an assessment of the just cause and last resort criteria in the case of Libya

A Saba, S Akbarzadeh

(2018), Vol. 25, pp. 242-265, International peacekeeping, London, Eng., C1

journal article

UN paralysis over Syria: the responsibility to protect or regime change?

S Akbarzadeh, A Saba

(2018), pp. 1-15, International politics, New York, N.Y., C1

journal article

Human rights and agents of change in Iran: Towards a theory of change

R Barlow, S Akbarzadeh

(2018), Vol. 10, pp. 229-247, Journal of Human Rights Practice, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

Understanding Pakistan's Relationship with Iran

Z Ahmed, Shahram Akbarzadeh

(2018), Vol. 25, pp. 86-100, Middle East Policy, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Human rights and agents of change in Iran: towards a theory of change

Rebecca Barlow, Shahram Akbarzadeh

(2018), Singapore, A7

edited book

New opposition in the Middle East

D Conduit, Shahram Akbarzadeh

(2018), Singapore, A7

edited book
2017

Prospects for Iran and Afghan relations

S Akbarzadeh

(2017), pp. 205-218, Afghanistan : challenges and prospects, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Iran and Turkey: not quite enemies but less than friends

S Akbarzadeh, J Barry

(2017), Vol. 38, pp. 980-995, Third world quarterly, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Iran's uncertain standing in the middle east

S Akbarzadeh

(2017), Vol. 40, pp. 109-127, Washington quarterly, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article
2016

Rouhani's first two years in office : opportunities and risks in contemporary Iran

S Akbarzadeh, D Conduit

(2016), pp. 1-15, Iran in the world : President Rouhani's Foreign Policy, Basingstoke, Eng., B1

book chapter

Charting a new course? Testing Rouhani's foreign policy agency in the Iran-Syria relationship

S Akbarzadeh, D Conduit

(2016), pp. 133-154, Iran in the world: President Rouhani' s doreign policy, Basingstoke, Eng., B1

book chapter

A new phase in relations between Iran and Afghanistan

S Akbarzadeh

(2016), pp. 35-48, Afghanistan and its neighbors after the NATO withdrawal, Lanham, Md., B1

book chapter

Iran's Syrian foreign policy objectives

S Akbarzadeh

(2016), pp. 127-143, The Arab world and Iran: a turbulent region in transition, New York, N.Y., B1

book chapter

Future prospects

S Akbarzadeh, D Conduit

(2016), pp. 177-181, Iran in the world : President Rouhani's Foreign Policy, Berlin, Germany, B1

book chapter

State Identity in Iranian Foreign Policy

S Akbarzadeh, J Barry

(2016), Vol. 43, pp. 613-629, British journal of Middle Eastern studies, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Why does Iran need Hizbullah?

S Akbarzadeh

(2016), Vol. 106, pp. 127-140, Muslim world, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The Muslim question in Australia: Islamophobia and Muslim alienation

S Akbarzadeh

(2016), Vol. 36, pp. 323-333, Journal of Muslim minority affairs, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Iran and the Gulf cooperation council sheikhdoms

S Akbarzadeh

(2016), pp. 89-106, The small Gulf states: foreign and security policies before and after the Arab Spring, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Iran in the world president Rouhani' s foreign policy

S Akbarzadeh, D Conduit

(2016), Basingstoke, Eng., A7

edited book
2015

Iran and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Ideology and Realpolitik in Iranian Foreign Policy

S Akbarzadeh

(2015), Vol. 69, pp. 88-103, Australian Journal of International Affairs, C1

journal article

Sectarianism and the prevalence of 'othering' in Islamic thought

N Ghobadzdeh, S Akbarzadeh

(2015), Vol. 36, pp. 691-704, Third world quarterly, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Iran and Daesh: the case of a reluctant Shia power

S Akbarzadeh

(2015), Vol. 22, pp. 44-54, Middle East policy, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2014

Muslim active citizenship in the west

M Peucker, S Akbarzadeh

(2014), pp. 1-226, Muslim Active Citizenship in the West, A1-1

book

Managing religious diversity and promoting active citizenship: Muslims in Australia, Britain and Germany

S Akbarzadeh, M Peucker

(2014), pp. 141-160, Global perspectives on the politics of multiculturalism in the 21st century: a case study analysis, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Muslim active citizenship in Australia: socioeconomic challenges and the emergence of a Muslim elite

M Peucker, J Roose, S Akbarzadeh

(2014), Vol. 49, pp. 282-299, Australian journal of political science, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Managing religious diversity and promoting active citizenship Muslims in Australia, Britain and Germany

M Peucker, S Akbarzadeh

(2014), pp. 141-160, Global Perspectives on the Politics of Multiculturalism in the 21st Century: A Case Study Analysis, A7

edited book
2013

The Arab revolution is bad news for Iran

S Akbarzadeh

(2013), pp. 105-120, Democracy and reform in the Middle East and Asia : social protest and authoritarian rule after the Arab Spring, London, England, B1-1

book chapter

The Special Broadcasting Service and the future of multiculturalism: an Insight into contemporary challenges and future directions

J Roose, S Akbarzadeh

(2013), Vol. 46, pp. 93-115, Communication, politics & culture, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal article

Investing in mentoring and educational initiatives: the limits of de-radicalisation programmes in Australia

S Akbarzadeh

(2013), Vol. 33, pp. 451-463, Journal of Muslim minority affairs, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Beyond repair: ruptures in the foundations of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Rebecca Barlow, Shahram Akbarzadeh

(2013), Melbourne, VIc., A6-1

research report/technical paper
2012

US foreign policy in the Middle East: The roots of anti-Americanism

B Kylie, A Shahram

(2012), pp. 1-198, US Foreign Policy in the Middle East: The Roots of Anti-Americanism, A1-1

book

Conclusion : the promises and challenges of the Arab revolutions

S Akbarzadeh, F Mansouri, B Isakhan

(2012), pp. 153-159, The Arab revolutions in context : civil society and democracy in a changing Middle East, Melbourne, Vic., B1

book chapter

Introduction : people power and the Arab revolutions : towards a new conceptual framework of democracy in the Middle East

B Isakhan, F Mansouri, S Akbarzadeh

(2012), pp. 1-20, The Arab revolutions in context : civil society and democracy in a changing Middle East, Melbourne, Vic., B1

book chapter

The paradox of political Islam

S Akbarzadeh

(2012), pp. 1-8, Routledge handbook of political Islam, Abingdon, England, B1-1

book chapter

Islamism reaches central Asia

S Akbarzadeh

(2012), pp. 119-128, Routledge Handbook of Political Islam, Abingdon, England, B1-1

book chapter

The institutionalisation of political Islam in Iran

R Barlow, S Akbarzadeh

(2012), pp. 142-153, Routledge handbook of political Islam, Abingdon, England, B1-1

book chapter

The vicious cycle of stereotyping: Muslims in Europe and Australia

M Peucker, S Akbarzadeh

(2012), pp. 171-197, Muslims in the west and the challenges of belonging, Melbourne, Vic., B1

book chapter

Democracy promotion: An unfortunate legacy

S Akbarzadeh, B MacQueen

(2012), pp. 1-8, American Democracy Promotion in the Changing Middle East: From Bush to Obama, A7-1

edited book

Routledge handbook of political islam

S Akbarzadeh

(2012), pp. 1-321, Routledge Handbook of Political Islam, A7-1

edited book

The Arab Revolutions in Context: Civil Society and Democracy in a Changing Middle East

Benjamin Isakhan, Fethi Mansouri, Shahram Akbarzadeh

(2012), A7-1

edited book
2011

Post-Soviet Central Asia: the limits of Islam

S Akbarzadeh

(2011), pp. 421-429, Constitutionalism in Islamic countries: between upheaval and continuity, Oxford, England, B1-1

book chapter

Obama in the Middle East: failure to bring change

S Akbarzadeh

(2011), pp. 1-9, America's challenges in the greater Middle East : the Obama Administration's policies, New York, N. Y., B1-1

book chapter

Iran: from engagement to containment

S Akbarzadeh

(2011), pp. 161-176, America's challenges in the greater Middle East : the Obama Administration's policies, New York, N. Y., B1-1

book chapter

Central Asia: pragmatism in action

L Anceschi, S Akbarzadeh

(2011), pp. 217-236, America's challenges in the greater Middle East : the Obama Administration's policies, New York, N. Y., B1-1

book chapter

Muslims, multiculturalism and the question of the silent majority

S Akbarzadeh, J Roose

(2011), Vol. 31, pp. 309-325, Journal of Muslim minority affairs, Abingdon, England, C1-1

journal article

Democracy promotion versus engagement with Iran

S Akbarzadeh

(2011), Vol. 41, pp. 470-482, Journal of contemporary Asia, Abingdon, England, C1-1

journal article
2010

The challenge of being Muslim

S Akbarzadeh

(2010), pp. 1-8, Challenging identities : Muslim women in Australia, Melbourne, Vic., B1-1

book chapter
2009

Islam in Australia

S Akbarzadeh

(2009), pp. 117-134, Australia and the Arab world, London, England, B1-1

book chapter

Islam in Australia

S Akbarzadeh

(2009), pp. 117-134, Australia and the Arab World, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, B1-1

book chapter

Obama and the US policy change on Iran

S Akbarzadeh

(2009), Vol. 21, pp. 397-401, Global change, peace & security, Abingdon, England, C1-1

journal article
2008

Framing the debate on Islam and human rights

S Akbarzadeh, B MacQueen

(2008), pp. 1-11, Islam and human rights in practice : perspectives across the Ummah, Abingdon, England, B1-1

book chapter

Islamic reformism and human rights in Iraq: gender equality and religious freedom

B MacQueen, S Akbarzadeh

(2008), pp. 52-74, Islam and human rights in practice: perspectives across the Ummah, Abingdon, England, B1-1

book chapter

Prospects for feminism in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Shahram Akbarzadeh, Rebecca Barlow

(2008), Vol. 30, pp. 21-40, Human rights quarterly, Baltimore, Md., C1-1

journal article

Women's rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran: The contribution of secular-oriented feminism

R Barlow

(2008), pp. 33-51, Islam and Human Rights in Practice: Perspectives Across the Ummah, A7-1

edited book
2007

Contextualising neo-Islamism

S Akbarzadeh, F Mansouri

(2007), pp. 1-12, Islam and political violence : Muslim diaspora and radicalism in the west, London, England, B1

book chapter

Uzbekistan and the United States: friends or foes?

S Akbarzadeh

(2007), Vol. 14, pp. 107-116, Middle East policy, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article
2006

Islamism and political violence in the new world order

F Mansouri, S Akbarzadeh

(2006), pp. 3-14, Political Islam and human security, Newcastle, U.K., B1

book chapter

Women's rights in the muslim world: reform or reconstruction?

R Barlow, S Akbarzadeh

(2006), Vol. 27, pp. 1481-1494, Third world quarterly, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Does the Hamas victory advance peace in the Middle East?

S Akbarzadeh

(2006), Vol. 60, pp. 201-206, Australian journal of international affairs, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Geopolitics versus democracy in Tajikistan

S Akbarzadeh

(2006), Vol. 14, pp. 563-578, Demokratizatsiya, Washington, D.C., C1-1

journal article
2005

Uzbekistan and the United States : authoritarianism, Islamism and Washington's new security agenda

Shahram Akbarzadeh

(2005), London, Eng., A1-1

book

Where is the Islamic republic of Iran heading?

S Akbarzadeh

(2005), Vol. 59, pp. 25-38, Australian journal of international affairs, Canberra, A.C.T., C1-1

journal article

The organization of the Islamic conference: sharing an illusion

S Akbarzadeh, K Connor

(2005), Vol. 12, pp. 79-92, Middle East policy, Washington, D.C., C1-1

journal article
2004

Keeping Central Asia stable

S Akbarzadeh

(2004), Vol. 25, pp. 689-705, Third world quarterly, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

U.S.-Uzbek partnership and democratic reforms

S Akbarzadeh

(2004), Vol. 32, pp. 271-286, Nationalities papers: the journal of nationalism and ethnicity, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article
2003

India and Pakistan's geostrategic rivalry in Central Asia

S Akbarzadeh

(2003), Vol. 12, pp. 219-228, Contemporary South Asia, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article
2001

Political Islam in Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan

S Akbarzadeh

(2001), Vol. 20, pp. 451-465, Central Asian survey, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Muslim Communities in Australia

Abdullah Saeed, Shahram Akbarzadeh

(2001), Sydney, N.S.W., A7-1

edited book
1999

National identity and political legitimacy in Turkmenistan

S Akbarzadeh

(1999), Vol. 27, pp. 271-290, Nationalities papers, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article
1996

Why did nationalism fail in Tajikistan?

S Akbarzadeh

(1996), Vol. 48, pp. 1105-1129, Europe-Asia studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Nation-building in Uzbekistan

S Akbarzadeh

(1996), Vol. 15, pp. 23-32, Central Asian survey, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Islam in Iran's foreign policy: Central Asia and Afghanistan - Dr Shahram Akbarzadeh

Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh

ARC Fellowships - Future Fellowships

  • 2016: $105,118
  • 2015: $215,709
  • 2014: $316,447

Other Public Sector Funding

Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies (CRIS)

Prof Michele Grossman, Prof Fethi Mansouri, Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh, Prof Anita Harris, Prof Greg Barton, Dr Amanuel Elias, A/Prof Anna Halafoff, Dr Vivian Gerrand, Dr Amelia Johns, Prof Amanda Keddie, Prof Yin Paradies, Dr Matteo Vergani, Dr Jessica Walton, A/Prof Chad Whelan, Dr Ana-Maria Bliuc, Dr Philippa Collins, Dr Hass Dellal, Dr Nida Denson, Prof Kevin Dunn, Dr Liam Magee, Dr Liam McGarty, A/Prof Amanda Third, Dr Michael Ungar, Dr Sherene Idriss

  • 2019: $1,824,753
  • 2018: $1,065,362

Leadership for Senior Multi-Faith Women Leaders 2019.

Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh, Dr Rebecca Barlow

  • 2019: $262,125

Leadership for Senior Multi-Faith Women Leaders.

Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh, Dr Rebecca Barlow

  • 2020: $75,183

Industry and Other Funding

Qatar National Research Fund project

Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh

  • 2015: $128,027
  • 2014: $109,791

State and Society in Iran: Identity and the Securitisation of Minority Policies

Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh, Dr Costas Laoutides, Dr Zahid Ahmed

  • 2018: $23,954
  • 2017: $71,911

For assessing the impact of external actors in the Syrian and Afghan proxy wars

Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh, Dr Dara Conduit, Dr Zahid Ahmed

  • 2020: $226,755
  • 2018: $344,282

Other Funding Sources

Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies (CRIS)

Prof Michele Grossman, Prof Fethi Mansouri, Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh, Prof Anita Harris, Prof Greg Barton, Dr Amanuel Elias, A/Prof Anna Halafoff, Dr Vivian Gerrand, Dr Amelia Johns, Prof Amanda Keddie, Prof Yin Paradies, Dr Matteo Vergani, Dr Jessica Walton, A/Prof Chad Whelan, Dr Ana-Maria Bliuc, Dr Philippa Collins, Dr Hass Dellal, Dr Nida Denson, Prof Kevin Dunn, Dr Liam Magee, Dr Liam McGarty, A/Prof Amanda Third, Dr Michael Ungar, Dr Sherene Idriss

  • 2020: $163,325
  • 2019: $112,204

Supervisions

Executive Supervisor
2020

Reem Sweid

Thesis entitled: The Governmentality of ¿Radicalisation¿ and its Discontents: A Critique of the Problematisation of ¿Radicalisation¿ in Australian and UK Policy

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Associate Supervisor
2019

Tezcan Gumus

Thesis entitled: Turkey's failure to consolidate democracy and the role of political leaders

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

2018

Raden Yasin

Thesis entitled: The attitude of PKS on the implementation of Sharia in democratic Indonesia.

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences