Alex Vatanka specializes in Middle Eastern affairs with a particular focus on Iranian regional and foreign policy. From 2006 to 2010, he was the managing editor of Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst. From 2001 to 2006, he was a senior political analyst at Jane’s in London (UK) where he mainly covered the Middle East. Alex is also a senior fellow in Middle East Studies at the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School (USAFSOS) at Hurlburt Field and teaches as an adjunct professor at DISAM at Wright-Patterson AFB. Born in Tehran, he holds a BA in Political Science (Sheffield University, UK), and an MA in International Relations (Essex University, UK), and is fluent in Farsi and Danish. He is currently working on a book on Iranian-Pakistani relations and its impact on U.S. national security.
On January 8, Arab News interviewed Jamestown Senior Fellow Alex Vatanka on the relative political strength of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran.
Alex Vatanka co-authored an article on Oman's role and relationships with other countries in the Middle East for Foreign Affairs.
Senior Fellow Alex Vatanka discussed how sectarianism between Sunni and Shi'a states in the Middle East is fueling an arms trade for Middle East Eye.