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Dina Esfandiary

Senior Advisor, Middle East and North Africa

Crisis Group Role

Dina Esfandiary advises Crisis Group's Middle East and North Africa Program on research, analysis, policy prescription and advocacy.

Professional Background

Previously, Dina was a Fellow in the Middle East department of The Century Foundation (TCF),  and an International Security Program Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Dina also worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) Middle East Program, the War Studies Department at King’s College London, and in the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament programme of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. Dina has published widely, including in Foreign Affairs, the Atlantic, The Guardian, the Washington Post, International Affairs, the National Interest, Arms Control Today, and The Washington Quarterly. She holds a Ph.D in the War Studies department at King’s College London and Masters Degrees from King’s College London and the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Persian Gulf security and foreign relations
  • Relations between states and non-proliferation in the Middle East

Select Publications

  • Triple-Axis: Iran’s Relations with Russia and China, I.B Taurus (2018)
  • Living on the Edge: Iran and the Practice of Nuclear Hedging, Palgrave Macmillan (2016)

In The News

7 Apr 2021
The Supreme Leader may yet decide that it would be wiser to wait until a new administration is in place in Iran before pursuing talks with the US Vox

Dina Esfandiary

Senior Advisor, Middle East and North Africa
27 Mar 2021
I think [the new Iran-China deal] will make Europe and the U.S. a little more nervous because it looks like Iran may have a way out of economic strangulation. The Wall Street Journal

Dina Esfandiary

Senior Advisor, Middle East and North Africa