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  • M. Mahtab Alam Rizvi

    Associate Fellow
    +91 11 2671 7983
    Archive data: Person was Associate Fellow at IDSA

    Joined IDSA

    June 2007

    Research Interests

    Political Developments in Iran, Energy Security


    PhD in Political Science, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh


    MA in Political Science from Aligarh Muslim University. Received Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship for Doctoral Studies from NMML, New Delhi (2005). Recipient of Nehru Scholarship, Centre for Nehru Studies, Department of Political Science, AMU (2002). Research Assistant, Centre for Nehru Studies, Department of Political Science, AMU (January 2006 to January 2007). Visiting Scholar, Centre for Distance Education, AMU.

    Select Publications

    • Monograph on “Understanding Iran’s Political and Military Institutions: An Indian Perspective”, IDSA Monograph Series No.28, December 2013.
    • Evaluating the Political and Economic Role of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Strategic Analysis, Vol. 36, No. 4, July-August 2012.
    • “Bahrain Crisis and Iran-Saudi Arabia Contestation”, in Anwar Alam (ed.), The Arab Spring: Region and India, New Century Publication, New Delhi, 2014.
    • “Changing Dynamics of India-Iran Relations: An Assessment of Trade and Investment”, in Sidda Goud (ed.), India and Iran in Contemporary Relations, Allied Publishers, New Delhi, 2014.
    • “India’s Trade Relations with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States”, in Rumel Dahiya (ed.), Developments in the Gulf Region: Prospects and Challenges for India in the Next Two Decades, Pentagon Press, New Delhi, 2013.
    • “Iran and Regional Security Dynamics: An Over View”, in S D Muni (ed.), Asian Strategic Review, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi, 2013.
    • “India-Iran Economic and Trade Relations: Prospects and Challenges”, in M. Badrul Alam (ed.), Contours of India’s Foreign Policy: Changes and Challenges, Reference Press, New Delhi, 2013.
    • “China and West Asia in 2011: Threat or Opportunity?”, in Mandip Singh (ed.), China Year Book 2011, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi, 2012.
    • Velayat-e- Faqih (Supreme Leader) and Iranian Foreign Policy: An Historical Analyasis, Strategic Analysis, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, Vol. 36, No. 1, January 2012.
    • West Asia and Oil Politics, Strategic Analysis, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, Vol. 35, No. 2, March 2011.
    • Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant and Security Concerns, Journal of Peace Studies, Vol. 17, Issue 2&3, International Centre for Peace Studies, New Delhi, April-September 2010.
    • Iraq Desperate to Appease Iran Without Losing the US, Strategic Analysis, Routledge Publication, Vol. 32, No. 6, November-December 2008.
    • Iran- Gulf Relations: Beyond the Sectarian Divide, in Taufiq Ahmad. Nizami (ed.), International Politics: Areas of Conflict and Confrontation, Manak Publications, New Delhi, 2011.

    Other Publications

    Select Publications

    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Iran is important in many ways. It came at a time when India is seriously contemplating activation of its ‘Look West’ policy and banking on Iran as a ‘gateway’ and provider of a corridor to Central Asia and Afghanistan. The visit sought to revitalise India–Iran bilateral relations which has passed through an uncertain phase during the last decade.

      Strategic Analysis
    • The results of the most recent Parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections in Iran indicate that Iranians are increasingly unhappy with the conservative establishment in the country. The Reformists or moderates and pro-Rouhani group of ‘Hope’ secured a majority in the Assembly of Experts and also won more seats than their rival conservatives or Principlists in the Majlis or parliament. The elections for the two bodies were held on February 26, 2016.

      Strategic Analysis
    • This Issue Brief examines the various dimensions of the conflict in Yemen and analyses the conflict’s impact on the region and beyond.

      May 05, 2015
      Issue Brief
    • India has to play a critical role in developing and thereby realising the full potential of Chabahar port which will significantly boost its image as a proactive regional power that is building such critical infrastructure not only to maximise its financial and strategic gains but also to propel regional growth and prosperity.

      May 13, 2015
      Issue Brief
    • Rouhani’s presidency has injected a new tone in Iran’s foreign policy, marking a dramatic shift from Ahmadinejad’s policy of confrontation with the West. Rouhani’s policy towards the neighbouring countries has received strong support while his policy of engagement with Obama administration and the nuclear deal have generated intense debate.

      February 26, 2014
      Issue Brief
    • Chairperson: Amb Ishrat Aziz
      External Discussants: Prof A K Pasha and Prof Qamar Agha
      Internal Discussants: Col Rajeev Agrawal and Dr Prashant Kumar Singh

      March 28, 2014
    • The monograph attempts to understand Iranian politics since the Islamic revolution, by taking a close look at the functioning of different institutions—and the interactions among them—which shape the Iranian polity.

    • The presidential elections come at a time when Iran is reeling under the pressure of sanctions and having been isolated in the region with the rise of Sunni Islamism.

      June 13, 2013
      IDSA Comments
    • The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is Iran's most powerful security and military organisation, responsible for the protection and survival of the regime. Over time, the IRGC has attained a position of dominance vis-à-vis the regular army (Artesh). In due course, the Guards have also been transformed into a leading political and economic actor. The major political role of the IRGC started with the election of the reformist presidency. However, the Guards' involvement in the Iranian economy began during Rafsanjani's presidency.

      Strategic Analysis
    • Khamenei may view this election as a means to restore his authority and reassure his followers that he is still firmly in control and will continue to safeguard the ideology of the Islamic Revolution.

      April 13, 2012
      IDSA Comments