Ahmad Hashemi is a research fellow at Hudson Institute. His work at Hudson focuses on Iran, Azerbaijan, and Middle Eastern foreign policy issues.
Born in Qom, Iran, Mr. Hashemi received a B.A. in political science from the University of Tehran and an M.A. in regional studies (American studies) from the School of International Relations, affiliated with Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In 2008, Mr. Hashemi joined Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Protocol Department expert, translator, and interpreter. In 2012, he registered to run for the Majles (the Parliament of Iran) only to be disqualified. When he objected to the Guardian Council’s disqualification ruling, he was discharged from the MFA and left the country.
Mr. Hashemi has written for the Times of Israel, the Jerusalem Post, BBC Persian, Al Arabiya, Iran International, and The Independent Persian among other media outlets. He has also appeared as a commentator on the BBC Persian, VOA Farsi, Iran International, Bengu Turk TV, Indus TV, and Al Arabiya TV, among other outlets. Before joining Hudson, Mr. Hashemi worked at Gunaz TV as a political commentator, reporter, and producer.
Mr. Hashemi is currently pursuing a master’s degree in defense and strategic studies at Missouri State University.