Clement Therme

Research Fellow for Iran


  • Middle East politics and history
  • Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan
  • Iranian politics and foreign policy; energy affairs in the Middle East

Languages: French, Spanish, and Farsi.

Summary: Clement Therme is the IISS Research Fellow for Iran, based out of its Middle East office in Manama, Bahrain. The Iran programme is designed to understand Iran's current and future trajectories and inform policy responses after the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Iran's evolving domestic politics and strategic orientation will have an impact not only on its Gulf neighbours, but also on the wider Middle East, including Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Turkey and Israel. This will also pose significant policy dilemmas for the UK, the US and other western powers, but also offer security and commercial opportunities. The aim of this programme is to offer expert and timely help with interpreting internal political developments and external activities and to propose appropriate responses.


  • 2015–2016: Teaching Fellow at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO), Paris.
  • 2013–2016: Lecturer at Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris.
  • 2014–2015: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Theology, University of Geneva.
  • 2013: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institut de recherche stratégique de l'École militaire (IRSEM), French Ministry of Defence.
  • 2009–2011: Teaching and Research Assistant, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.
  • 2005–2009: Research Fellow, Middle East Centre, French Institute for International Affairs (Ifri), Paris and French Institute for Research in Iran (IFRI), Tehran.

Selected Publications:

  • Les relations entre Téhéran et Moscou depuis 1979 (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2012).
  • Iran and the Challenges of the Twenty-First Century, Houchang E. Chehabi, Farhad Khosrokhavar and Clément Therme (eds.) (Costa Mesa: Mazda Publishers, 2013).
  • 'Iran and Iraq: between containment and reconstruction' in Erwan Lannon (ed.), The Neighbours of the European Union's Neighbours: Diplomatic and Geopolitical Dimensions beyond the European Neighbourhood Policy (Farham/Burlington: Ashgate, 2014).
  • 'The Iran-Russia entente after the Vienna Agreement: marriage of convenience or strategic partnership?' in Paolo Magri, Annalisa Perteghella (eds.) Iran After the Deal, (Milano: ISPI, 2015).
  • Clement Therme (2017): “The ShiĘża Afghan Community: Between Transnational Links and Internal Hurdles”, Iranian Studies, (

Select Videos:

  •  The challenges facing Iran's President Rouhani ( )


About the Middle East and the Gulf Programme:

The Middle East research programme places a strong emphasis on the study of regional security and conflict in the Levant, the Gulf and the North Africa regions. The Programme’s research team identifies and analyses the drivers, actors, trajectories and consequences of key Middle Eastern crises.

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