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Afshin Molavi speaker

Afshin Molavi

Washington D.C., USA

Expert on geopolitical risk, especially the Middle East and US foreign, security and economic policy

Pioneering analyst of the "The New Silk Road" and ties between the Middle East and Asia, and the rise of emerging markets

Author, "The Soul of Iran" (2005); widely published commentator - Financial Times, New York Times, Washington Post and beyond

Afshin Molavi is an internationally respected geopolitical risk and business analyst whose expertise falls squarely in the intersection of four key trends shaping the future of our world: the rise of emerging markets; Middle East political and economic risks; the South-South trade revolution; and US foreign, security, and economic policy.

He has written extensively on “The New Silk Road,” which he describes as “the dramatically growing geo-commercial, geoeconomic, and geopolitical ties linking the Middle East and Asia.” He has also coined the term HUBSS for Hong Kong, UAE, Bombay (Mumbai), Shanghai, and Singapore – the key hub cities fuelling the rise of Asia and, thus, vital to the global economy.

Author of the acclaimed “Soul of Iran” (2005), described by Foreign Affairs as “a brilliant tableau of today’s Iran,” Molavi’s expertise on Iran has been recognised worldwide. He has provided briefings on Iran and the broader Middle East region at the highest levels of the US and UK governments and has spoken widely to foreign ministries around the world. A former Riyadh based correspondent with the Arab News and Dubai-based correspondent with Reuters, Molavi is also intimately familiar with leadership networks and key trends facing the Gulf Arab states. He is a widely quoted specialist on the rise of Dubai and its role as a geoeconomic hub.

Molavi has served as a senior scholar and fellow at some of the America’s most prestigious think tanks. He is a Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, a regular contributor to the Washington Post, Foreign Policy and many other international publications. He is also the co-director of the emerge85 lab exploring the geoeconomic, geopolitical and geocultural shifts that are currently taking place. He is formerly a Senior Global Advisor at Oxford Analytica.

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Our Comment

"Afshin was selected by the World Economic Forum in Davos as a Young Global Leader for his distinct voice as a commentator. His articles and essays have been published in the world’s leading newspapers and journals. His most recent article, “Johnnie Walker Conquers the Planet”, was the cover story for Foreign Policy magazine’s print edition and charted the rise of a new global middle class and the consumer companies targeting them."

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