Maysam Behravesh is an analyst at the geopolitical risk consultancy Gulf State Analytics and media production firm Persis Media. He worked as an intelligence analyst and policy advisor in Iran from 2008 to 2010, and is currently completing a PhD in political science at Lund University, Sweden. His research centers around Middle East security, with special focus on foreign and security policies of Iran and Syria. He has also worked in various editorial capacities in academic and media outlets alike. Maysam’s writings have appeared on peer-reviewed journals including Journal of International Relations and Development, and Iranian Studies, as well as on Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Reuters, Newsweek, Middle East Institute, and Atlantic Council among others.