7 Feb 2019

The Iranian Revolution in 1979 saw attitudes towards the US change in that country because of perceptions that it had worked with the Shah to subjugate Iranians. The current perception of the US in Saudi Arabia is a complex one - the US remains an...

Working paper

1 Jan 2019

Following the push for reform during the popular uprising in 2011, authoritarianism is once again dominating domestic politics and power relations in the MENA region. Drawing on data collected during field trips to Cairo, Tehran, Beirut and Kuwait city, the authors of this MENARA report...


25 Oct 2018

As the first paper in this series indicated, China seeks to develop its relationships with Middle Eastern states for a number of reasons. Those include Beijing’s need to secure its energy imports, to secure its exports via routes that pass through the Middle East and,...

Discussion paper

Background paper for Eleventh Regional EST Forum in Asia. October 2018, Mongolia
21 Sep 2018

This background paper was prepared by the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute for the Eleventh Regional EST Forum in Asia. It discusses sustainable urban design and development for Asian cities, the co-benefits of sustainable urban design, and good practices and case studies from around the...


10 Jul 2018

This paper argues that India’s reaction to any possible sanctions imposed on it for continuing its development assistance and trade with Iran will not deter it from furthering its relations with Tehran.


7 Jun 2018

This paper argues that arresting experts attempting to resolve a water crisis threatening the survival of the Iranian people is demonstrable of the fact that the regime in Tehran is not interested in such endeavours.


17 May 2018

The recent change of attitude from the United States towards Iran is in stark contrast to the approach taken by the Obama Administration.


10 May 2018

Interesting though it might be, it is hardly surprising that Iran is moving closer towards Russia and Turkey. It fears the sheer uncertainty of its position, vis-à-vis a very unconventional US President, and the fact that its arch-enemy (Israel) is now encouraged by its renewed...


6 Feb 2018

The current demonstrations in Iran could prove to be a watershed in the Islamic Revolution. The theocrats have been shocked by the demands from the demonstrators calling for their removal. Given the deep currents of dislike for the theocracy among many ordinary Iranians, it is...


13 Oct 2017

This overview of the Iran nuclear deal provides a basic overview of what is involved and outlines Australia's policy position.


29 Jan 2016

Geoblocking and Global Video Culture explores the cultural implications of access control and circumvention in an age of VPNs. Featuring seventeen chapters from diverse critical positions and locations – including China, Iran, Malaysia, Turkey, Cuba, Brazil, USA, Sweden and Australia.

Contributors: Ramon Lobato,...


24 Sep 2015

Not much is known about the ways in which assessment data have actually been used in education policy to date. Understanding the role of assessments in informing system-level decision-making is a first step towards helping stakeholders improve the design and usefulness of assessments. Moreover, this...


19 May 2015

The US appears to be losing the trust it once enjoyed in Saudi Arabia, as a result of the nuclear deal with Iran.


Prince Turki bin Faisal, the head of the King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies and ex-director...

Journal article

15 Mar 2015

If unchecked, the Islamic State poses a security threat not only to Iraq and the Middle East countries but also to the West because of its ability to recruit hundreds of foreign jihadists who may pose threats on their return. Media narratives suggest that the...


11 Feb 2015

In this Lowy Institute Analysis Rodger Shanahan examines changes in Iranian foreign policy under President Rouhani. He argues that while the Iranian President has changed the tone of Iranian foreign policy, changing the substance will prove much more difficult.

Key findings



9 Oct 2014

This report argues that if Iran's nuclear programme was peaceful, it would have invested solely in nuclear power infrastructure, rather than creating large stockpiles of enriched uranium.


Iran was shown to have stockpiled research-grade uranium under the previous leadership of President...


8 Aug 2014

Summary: Despite considerable economic progress and transformation in the last 30 years, Iran faces a number of issues that threaten its food security. At the individual level, it is experiencing a nutrition transition. The number of people experiencing hunger is lower than ever before,...


27 Feb 2014


In 2013 faced with a critical shortage of water, the Iranian government called for water conservation and greater water use efficiency nation-wide. Despite imminent shortages, water use in Iran remains inefficient, with domestic use 70 per cent higher than the global average....


6 Mar 2012

The stand-off on Iran’s nuclear program has reached a new crescendo this week after President Obama’s speech to the powerful Jewish lobbying group the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) at its policy conference on 4 March 2012. This speech was followed by a meeting...

Conference paper

16 Dec 2009

Social media platforms such as Twitter pose new challenges for decision-makers in an international crisis. We examine Twitter's role during Iran's 2009 election crisis using a comparative analysis of Twitter investors, US State Department diplomats, citizen activists and Iranian protestors and paramilitary forces. We code...



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