Amir Bagherpour

Senior Advisor, US State Department.

Amir Bagherpour is Senior Advisor at the US State Department, Bureau of Conflict Stabilization and Operations (CSO) in the Office of Policy, Partnerships and Learning. He is also Research Fellow at TransResearch Consortium. Dr. Bagherpour'sregional expertise is the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Before joining CSO, Dr. Bagherpour was a Senior Analyst at Voice of America where he established the Iran Research Desk.

Dr. Bagherpour's research interests center on the role of religion, governance and democracy. He is currently finishing a book detailing the Arab Spring through the intersection of social upheaval and democratic change processes, due out in 2013. Prior to his civilian career, Dr. Bagherpour served in the U.S. Army as an Armor Officer and is the first Iranian born graduate of West Point.Dr. Bagherpour received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University and an M.B.A. from the University of California Irvine.