Azadeh Moaveni

Writer, researcher, academic

Region(s): Middle East
Country of focus: Iran, Nigeria
Based in London


Current Occupation: Writer, researcher, academic
Language: English


…Israel, Hamas, and Sexual Violence  Start Making Sense Podcast audio and transcript  The Nation  May 8, 2024

What They Did to Our Women Azadeh Moaveni on sexual violence in wartime London Review of Books May 9, 2024

Before Hillary Clinton, There Was Rosalynn Carter New York Times Opinion Nov 2, 2023

The Ostrich Defence Azadeh Moaveni on the trade in stolen antiquities London Review of Books Oct 5, 2023

Iran: a year on from the death of Mahsa Amini The Real Story BBC Sep 9, 2023

The Protests Inside Iran’s Girls’ Schools The New Yorker Aug 7, 2023

It’s Not a Barbie World Foreign Policy Jun 19, 2023

The Future of Iranian Resistance A Discussion with Azadeh Moaveni New Books Network Podcast Jan 4, 2023

Heroes of the Year Women of Iran Time Magazine cover Dec 7, 2022

The latest on Iran’s protests, morality police and a silent majority NPR Dec 5, 2022

Two Weeks in Tehran London Review of Books Nov 3, 2022

‘It’s Like a War Out There.’ Iran’s Women Haven’t Been This Angry in a Generation New York Times Opinion Oct 7, 2022

Shamima Begum’s is a story of trafficking, betrayal and now, it seems, a state cover-up The Guardian Sep 2, 2022

Women on the Brink, Azadeh Moaveni reports from the Polish border London Review of Books May 2022

Iran and the US: When friends fall out Middle East Eye Apr 1, 2022

Another deeply gendered war is being waged in Ukraine  Al Jazeera Oped Mar 15, 2022

The big idea: can foreign policy be feminist ? The Guardian Feb 7, 2022

How sanctions hurt Iranian women New York Times Oped Mar 27, 2021

Why do British Muslims become jihadists? Prospect Jun 7, 2020

The Day After War Begins in Iran New York Times Oped Jan 6, 2020

End US sanctions against Iran so that we can fight coronavirus with all our might The Guardian Oped Mar 21, 2020

Telling the tales of the women of IS group France24 Oct 10, 2019


Azadeh Moaveni (@AzadehMoaveni) is a writer, researcher and academic whose work has focused on the impact on women and girls of political instability and conflict, as well as the interplay between militarism, Islamism and women’s social and political rights.

She is an Associate Professor at New York University where she directs the program in Global Journalism. She is an advisor to the International Crisis Group where she served as director of the Gender and Conflict Project.

She is the author of Guest House for Young Widows and Lipstick Jihad, Honeymoon in Tehran, and co-author, with Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, of Iran Awakening. Her expertise includes Iran and Iranian society, Islamic State (Isis), Islamic society, and Middle East politics. Some of her recent research focused on women’s involvement in al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, and the challenges of demobilizing women who affiliated with the Islamic State.

She was Middle East correspondent for a decade for Time magazine and the Los Angeles Times.  She writes for the London Review of Books, The Guardian, and The New York Times, among other publications.