Alex Vatanka is a Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington D.C. He specializes in Middle Eastern security with a particular focus on Iran. Previously, he held various senior positions at Jane’s London, a top security and intelligence publishing company. Mr. Vatanka is also a Senior Fellow in Middle East Studies at the US Air Force Special Operations School and is an Adjunct Professor at DISAS at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He has testified before the US Congress and lectured widely for both governmental and commercial audiences. He has written extensively for such outlets as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, the Jerusalem Post, Journal of Democracy and the Council of Foreign Relations and published several books. Born in Tehran, he holds a BA in Political Science (Sheffield University, UK), and an MA in International Relations (Essex University, UK).