From the Editors
Amir Bagherpour and Roya Soleimani
The state of Iranian cyberspace is yet another example of the repressive relationship between the Islamic Republic's government and the people of Iran. A report by Freedom House this April ranked Iran last in regards to Internet freedom. This dismal ranking is based on Iran's "extensive and sophisticated methods of control," which include "tampering with Internet access, mobile-telephone service, and satellite broadcasting; hacking opposition and other ...Keep Reading »
Amir Bagherpour is currently an analyst at the newly established Research Desk at Voice of America’s Persian News Network. He is also an associate with the Trans Research Consortium, a group dedicated to the study of power transitions and conflict resolution. Amir has consulted the Department of Defense and the Special Operations community on several issues such as, demography, structural conditions of terrorism, causes of war and nuclear proliferation. He is also a PhD Candidate at Claremont Graduate University. He spent the summer of 2010 in Afghanistan conducting field research on political capacity for the stabilization and reconstruction effort at the Ministry of Finance in Kabul. His research interests include political forecasting, conflict resolution and political economies of the Middle East. Prior to attending Claremont Graduate University he was a segment manager for NSK Corporation’s alternative energy market in North America. He received an M.B.A. from the University of California Irvine in strategy and is a graduate of West Point. Amir served in the U.S. Army as an Armor officer. He was born in Iran and immigrated to the United States at the age of 5. He currently resides in Washington, D.C. He is the first Iranian-born graduate of West Point. Amir is fluent and literate in Farsi.
Roya Soleimani is a Research Analyst for Voice of America's Persian News Network (PNN) in Washington, DC. As a member of the newly established Research Desk, she provides in-depth research and analysis on key issues facing Iran and the region for PNN. Roya recently graduated from Georgetown University with her M.A. in Arab Studies, where she focused on the relationship between Iran and the Arab world, civil society, and contemporary politics. During her time at Georgetown, Roya served as a graduate student researcher on a project assessing the condition of urban Iraqi refugees in Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, the Middle East Institute, and most recently served as the Middle East Graduate Intern at the Albright Stonebridge Group, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's global strategy firm. Roya received her B.A. from UC Berkeley in Political Science and Public Policy in 2007 and played a key role in the Iranian American community at Cal. Serving as the editor-in-chief of Perspective Magazine, UC Berkeley's official Iranian-American bi-annual student publication, she coordinated a staff student writers and volunteers and helped expand the magazine's distribution. Upon graduation, she moved to Washington, DC to serve as the Events Manager and Fellowships Director for the UC Washington Center until 2009.