Heather Robinson


Thesis title: Implications of Iranian Foreign Policy in Afghanistan: A Pre- and Post-Revolutionary Comparison
Supervisor: Professor Ali M. Ansari, Institute of Iranian Studies

My PhD research seeks to provide a long-view examination of a significant but little researched aspect of Iran's modern history and foreign policy - namely, its political, economic and cultural influence in Afghanistan. The dissertation will analyse Iran's Afghanistan policy within the wider context of its regional and international foreign policy strategies. Case studies will examine the implications of key historical events in the Iranian-Afghan relationship from the 1960s to the 1990s.


In addition to studying at St Andrews, I am currently the Chair of the Student Membership Committee for the British Institute for Persian Studies (BIPS) and working as an adjunct researcher at the RAND Corporation.
Prior to coming to St Andrews in 2011 to begin the MLitt in Iranian Studies, I worked for two years in Washington, D.C. as Special Assistant to the Afghan Ambassador to the United States at the Embassy of Afghanistan, as a client relations director at a security consultancy focused on Persian Gulf countries, and as an editorial and production associate for the international affairs journal The National Interest.
I received my BA in Political Science from Columbia University in New York, with a concentration on American foreign policy in the Middle East. My MLitt coursework focused on modern Iranian political history from the early 20th century to the present with a special focus on Iran's relationships with the U.S., USSR/Russia and the UK. My BA thesis analysed the U.S. media's discourse surrounding Iran's role as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Conference Papers:

"Iran’s Role in Afghanistan and the Coup Of 1973 – Leveraging Influence for Regional Supremacy", Conference Paper for Symposia Iranica, University of Cambridge, 8-9 April 2015


Email:  hmr4@st-andrews.ac.uk
LinkedIn:  linkedin.com/pub/heather-robinson/b/150/718