Shireen T. Hunter

Shireen Hunter
Shireen T. Hunter
Research Professor
260 ICC

Research Professor, Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding

Shireen Hunter is a Research professor at the School of Foreign Service and affiliated with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. From 2007 to 2014 she was a Visiting Professor at the Center and from 2005 to 2007 a visiting scholar working on a project on Reformist Islam funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Before joining the Center she was the director of the Islam Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies with which she had been affiliated since 1983. She has also had appointments at the Harvard Center for International Affairs (Research Fellow, January to August 1979) and Brookings Institution (Visiting Fellow, August 1979-January 1980.) From 1965 to 1979 she was with the Iranian foreign service serving in London, Geneva and Tehran. She attained the rank of Counselor. Hunter is the author of 10 books and 5 monographs and the editor of 6 books and 4 monographs.

Her latest publications include: God On Our Side: Religion and International Affairs , Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming December 2016; Iran Divided: The Historical Roots of Iranian Debates on Identity , Culture and Governance, Rowman & Littlefield, 2014; Iran’s Foreign Policy in the Post-Soviet Era: Resisting the International Order, Praeger, 2010; Reformist Voices of Islam: Mediating Islam and Modernity, M. E. Sharpe, 2008.

She is also the author of more than 40 book chapters and 40 journal articles. She has contributed regularly to various newspapers in the US and the Middle East as well as appearing in the electronic media and has made presentations in many conferences in the US, Europe, Russia, Central Asia and the Middle East. Hunter was educated at Tehran University (BA) London School of Economics, MSc., Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Development Studies, Ph.D.

Areas of Expertise: History , Culture and Politics of Iran and the Persian Gulf, Central Asia and the Caucasus, Culture and Politics of Sh’iism, Islam and Politics, Muslim Communities in Europe and Russia, Theory of International Relations, Foreign Policy Analysis, Religion and International Affairs.

  • Ph.D (1983) Graduate Institute of International Studies Geneva, Political Science
  • M.Sc (1971) London School of Economics and Political Science, International Relations
  • B.A. (1964) Tehran University, Law and Political Science


“Iran Divided : The Historical Roots of Iranian Debates on Identity , Culture and Governance in the 21rst Century”, Rowman & Littlefield ,September  2014.

” Iran’s Foreign Policy in the Post-Soviet Era: Resisting the New

International Order”, Praeger , 2010.

“Reformist Voices of Islam: Mediating Islam and Modernity” ( ed. & Contributor) M. E. Sharpe, 2008.

“Islam and Human Rights: Towards a US-Muslim Dialogue”,( ed.) CSIS, 2005.

Modernization, Democracy and Islam ( ed.& contributor) 2005

“Islam In Russia : The Politics of Identity and Security”, M. E. Sharpe, 2005

” Islam Europe’s Second Religion” (ed. & contributor) Praeger, 2002

” The Future of Islam and the West: Clash of Civilization or Peaceful Coexistence”, Praeger, 1998

Central Asia Since Independence, Praeger, 1996,

“The Transcaucasus In Transiyion: Nation Building and Conflict”, Greenwood Press, 2004

Iran After Khomeini, Praeger, 1992,

Iran And the World: Continuity ina Revolutionary Decade, Indiana University Press, 1990,

The Politics of Islamic Revival: Unity and Diversity, ( ed.& contributor) IUP, 1988

Opec and the Third World: The Politics of Aid: IUP, 1984,


Iran, Islam and the Struggle for Identity  and Power in the Islamic Republic of Iran: ACMCU Occasional paper, May 2014.

The Regional and International Politics of Rising Sectarian Tensions in the Middle East and South Asia, ACMCU occasional Paper, July2013,

Iran Between the Gulf and the Caspian Sea,2001

The Algerian Crisis: Origins , Evolution and Implications for the Maghreb and Europe, CEPS, 1996

Turley at the Crossroads: Islamic Past or European Future, CEPS, 1995

In addition she is the author of more than 40 book chapters, 40 Journal articles and nearly 200 opinion pieces