Ghoncheh Tazmini is a political scientist, educated in Canada and the UK. She obtained her degree in international relations at the University of British Columbia and a Masters in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at the London School of Economics. She obtained her PhD in International Relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury.Dr. Tazmini has written numerous scientific articles and opinion pieces, and has presented her work at numerous conferences. She is author of Khatami’s Iran: the Islamic Republic and the Turbulent Path to Reform (I. B. Tauris, 2009, 2013) and Revolution and Reform in Russia and Iran (I. B. Tauris, 2012). Her latest publication is a chapter titled “Genuine dialogue requires not only talking but a great deal of listening”, in “22 Ideas to Fix the World” (NYUP).She has collaborated with research centres and think tanks in Europe and Iran and will shortly begin a fellowship at the Centre for Iranian Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Her area of interest includes Russia, Iran, the Middle East, the Arab revolts, Islam and modernity, social movements, reform and modernisation, cross-cultural diversity, and the ambivalent relationship between western models and non-western traditions in the twenty-first century.