Introducing Alex Vantanka
He is an Adjunct Scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington D.C. and as well as the U.S.-based Senior Middle East Analyst at HIS Jane’s. He currently lectures as a Senior Fellow in Middle East Studies at the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School (USAFSOS) at Hurlburt Field. Between 2001 and 2006, Vatanka served as the senior political analyst at Jane’s in London, where he mainly covered political developments in the Middle East. From 2006 to 2010, he became the managing editor of Jane’s Washington based Islamic Affairs Analyst and joined the Middle East Institute as a scholar.
Vatanka holds a BA in Political Science (Sheffield University) and MA in International Relations (Essex University) as well as a specialization in Middle Eastern affairs with particular focus on Iran. His forthcoming book entitled, Iran and Pakistan: Security, Diplomacy, and American Influence and is set to be published in June 2015.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Interview with Alex Vatanka (Middle East Institute) | Washington D.C. | 7 October 2014
So I was born in the Iranian year of 1354, which is equivalent to 1975, in the Iranian capital of Tehran and it turned out to be four years before the big revolution of 1979 that changed so much in my life and the lives of millions of other Iranians. I lived in Iran ’til about early of 1986 and that’s when my parents decided that the Iran-Iraq War that was raging on at that time wasn’t gonna end anytime soon and they made a decision to send me away. And I ended up growing up in a small town in the West Coast of Jutland in Denmark, and from then I moved on to England and from then I moved on to the United States where I’ve lived for about a decade now.