A bag of evidence containing the synthetic opioid fentanyl disguised as Oxycodone is shown during a 2020 news conference at the Fresno County Sheriff Office in Fresno, California. (Craig Kohlruss/The Fresno Bee/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
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 BA in political science from the University of Tehran and an MA 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.
Demonstrators gather with Iranian and Palestinian flags and the yellow flags of the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah during a protest in Tehran in support of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on October 20, 2023. (AFP via Getty Images)
Xi Jinping and Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud co-sign the comprehensive strategic partnership agreement between the People's Republic of China and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh on December 8, 2022. (Xinhua via Getty Images)
Shavkat Mirziyoyev meets with Ebrahim Raisi within the 22nd meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization leaders' summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on September 16, 2022. (Iranian Presidency/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)