I am a writer, an MA candidate in Strategic Studies and International Economics and, an Ambassador Andreas Baum Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.
I grew up in Iran. Following my active participation in the Green Movement, I was permanently banned from academia in Iran and left the country in December, 2011. I lived in Budapest, Hungary, for two and a half years and moved to Arizona to study politics at Arizona State University.
In 2016, the government of Iran blacklisted me, and I am currently seeking political asylum in the United States.
Because of my work for the victims of the Tree of Life synagogue attack, I have received the Beacon Award from the Ellis Island Honors Society and American Immigrant Society and the Hero of the Community Award from the Johns Hopkins University's Alumni Association.
At SAIS, my studies are centered around the application of military power and war to politics. I have studied military strategy and policy, trans-Atlantic security, and Middle East issues with Eric Edelman, Paul Wolfowitz, Elliott Abrams, Mara Karlin, Tom Mahnken, Kori Schake, Michael Rubin, Mary Habeck, and Scooter Libby.
I have explored political philosophy under the supervisions of Carol and Peter McNamara, Paul Carrese, Christopher Nadon, Steven Lenzner, James Nichols, Nasser Behnegar, Christopher Lynch, Peter Berkowitz, Adam White, and Matthew Continetti.
I am a contributor to The Bulwark and The Week. In addition, my writings have appeared a a variety of publications, such as,, the Wall Street Journal, Mosaic, The American Interest, National Review, The Strategy Bridge, Quillette, Jerusalem Post, the New York Post, Law and Liberty, and ArcDigital.
In my writings and research, I begin with asking the first principles questions to arrive at the correct conclusions.
I am also a public speaker and a member of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's Speakers Bureau.