Amin Saikal


  • The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Amin Saikal, AM, FASSA is Adjunct Professor of Social Sciences, the Centre for Muslim States and Societies, University of Western Australia, and Non-Resident Fellow of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University. He is an awardee of the Order of Australia (AM), and an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (FASSA).


His books include:  Iran Rising: The Survival and Future of the Islamic Republic (Princeton University Press, 2021); Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival (I.B. Tauris/Bloomsbury, 2012); The Rise and Fall of the Shah: Iran from Autocracy to Religious Rule (Princeton University Press, 2009); Islam Beyond Borders: The Umma in World Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2019) – co-author; The Afghanistan Spectre: The Security of Central Asia (Bloomsbury/I.B. Tauris, 2021) – co-author; The Arab World and Iran: A Turbulent Region in Transition (Palgrave, 2016) – editor. He is an oped writer, whose articles have been published in leading world dailies, including The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Strategist, and a frequent commentator on national and international TV and radio networks.

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  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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