Mostafa Dolatyar

Director General, Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran, Iran

Dr. Mostafa Dolatyar was until 2013 the director general of the Institute for Political and International Studies, one of the dolatyar1first think tanks to be established in Tehran after the Islamic Revolution of 1979, with the task of leading and encouraging the study and research on issues relevant to the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Having engaged in the field of international relations since the 1990s, Dr. Dolatyar has previously been director of the Department of Legal Affairs within the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1999-2002), Iranian envoy to the United Nations General Assembly Legal Committee in New York (2002-2006) and director general of the Department of Western Europe within the same ministry (2006-2009).

Holding a PhD in International Relations from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom, Dr. Dolatyar has published numerous works and studies in the field, from which “The Legal Regime of International Straits: With Emphasis on the Legal Issues of the Hormuz Strait” (Tehran, Publishing House of the MFA, 1993) and “Water Politics in the Middle East: A Context for Conflict or Cooperation?” (London & New York, Macmillan, 2000), can be mentioned. He has also been a contributor for publications such as the “Journal of Foreign Policy”, “Conflict, Security and Development”, “Environmental Politics” and “Iranian Journal of International Affairs”.

Dr. Mostafa Dolatyar’s educational background also includes a M.A. and a B.A., both in Political Sciences and Islamic Studies, obtained at the Imam Sadegh University in Teheran, Iran. 



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