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Alex Vatanka

Middle East Institute


Last updated: Mar 24, 2011

Alex Vatanka specializes in Middle Eastern affairs with a particular focus on Iran. From 2006-2010, he was the Editor of Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst in Washington, D.C; he previously was a senior political analyst at Jane’s in London where he covered the Middle East. He joined the Middle East Institute as a scholar in 2007, and also lectures as a Senior Fellow in Middle East Studies at the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School (USAFSOS). Alex has lectured widely for both governmental and commercial audiences, including the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Congressional staff, and Middle Eastern energy firms.

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