Dina Esfandiary

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

4 Oct 2022
The train has already left the station. No matter what this government [in Iran] gives, it probably won’t be enough to assuage protesters’ grievances at this point. LA Times

Dina Esfandiary

Senior Advisor, Middle East and North Africa
15 Sep 2022
Russia and Iran are showing that they are not afraid to work together when it's in their interest. The National

Dina Esfandiary

Senior Advisor, Middle East and North Africa
29 Apr 2022
There’s a real frustration among Gulf Arab states with the way the West is dealing with this conflict [in Ukraine] versus how it has with other conflicts in the region. The National

Dina Esfandiary

Senior Advisor, Middle East and North Africa
7 Mar 2022
I think there has also been a realization among these energy producers (Middle East oil producers), that they are not as important now as when the world was highly depend... DW

Dina Esfandiary

Senior Advisor, Middle East and North Africa
14 Dec 2021
The fact that Saudi Arabia and the UAE are becoming more willing to engage the Iranians will bring them closer to the other countries in the GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council... Al Jazeera

Dina Esfandiary

Senior Advisor, Middle East and North Africa
5 Sep 2021
The US and other Western countries welcome Qatari mediation because of their [own] limited interactions with the Taliban [in Afghanistan]. France 24

Dina Esfandiary

Senior Advisor, Middle East and North Africa

Subscribe to Crisis Group’s Email Updates

Receive the best source of conflict analysis right in your inbox.