Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Global Initiative
New America Foundation
Afshin Molavi is the author of the critically acclaimed book Persian Pilgrimages: Journeys Across Iran, which was nominated for the Thomas Cook Literary Travel Book of the Year award. Born in Iran, but raised and educated in the US, Molavi has written widely on the Middle East, the Muslim world and the United States, and the links between the three. He has been a journalist and scholar for more than ten years, and has covered Iran and the Persian Gulf region for Reuters and The Washington Post, and written widely about the US for the Arab News of Saudi Arabia and Asharq Al-Awsat, a leading pan-Arabic daily. Molavi is currently a Fellow at the New America Foundation, where he advocates for economic dignity as a basic human right and the strengthening of global middle classes - two themes he is exploring for his next book on economic development in the Middle East. Previously, he has worked at the International Finance Corporation. Molavi holds an MA in Middle East History and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.