Armin Fakhrai

Curriculum Vitae

Master of International Policy (MIP)

Armin Fakhrai is a student within the Masters of International Policy program who is strongly interested in the Middle East region and primarily Iran. After graduation, Armin hopes to pursue a career in the intelligence/ security sector of the federal government with a focus on counterterrorism.

Education
  • B.A., Oglethorpe University, Business Administration, 2019
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Armin graduated from Oglethorpe University in May of 2019 with Magna Cum Laude Latin Honors in Business Administration with a focus on finance. While at Oglethorpe, Armin was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Traditional Undergraduate Business Major Award, and was a member of Oglethorpe’s International Ambassadors and Oglethorpe’s Entrepreneurship Club.

In the summer of 2018, Armin was granted the opportunity to complete an internship in Washington DC at the National Iranian American Council as a foreign policy intern. While at NIAC, Armin worked primarily on three key areas of policy and legislation advocacy. One of the main advocacy efforts of NIAC was the preservation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or the JCPOA, also known as the Iran Nuclear deal, signed between Iran and the P5+1 in 2015. Second area of policy advocacy that Armin was involved at NIAC was focused on President Trump’s Executive Order 13769, also known as the Muslim Travel Ban, which denied entry to individuals coming from 7 predominantly Muslim nations to the United States. The final area of advocacy work at NIAC was focused on preventing the Trump Administration from going to war with Iran through unauthorized use of military force.

While at NIAC, Armin gained valuable insight on how an advocacy organization operates and learned how the legislative branch of the US government truly works. Armin was able to observe how legislation is proposed, amended, and passed in a bipartisan sense. Armin was able to write and publish a number of articles and op-eds regarding US-Iran relations and Iran’s geopolitical role in the Middle East.

After graduating from the University of Georgia’s Masters of International Policy program, Armin plans to work in the security and intelligence sector with a focus on counterterrorism.

Of Note

Foreign Policy Intern at National Iranian American Council (NIAC)

2019 Outstanding Traditional Undergraduate Senior Business Major

Volunteer Community Service: Center for Civic Engagement: Book Drive for Africa

University Scholar recipient- Oglethorpe University

Magna Cum Laude Latin Honors Graduate

Research Interests

Armin’s research interests include US-Iran relations, primarily focusing on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached between Iran and the P5+1 along with Germany. Furthermore, Armin’s research interests include the economic and financial implications of the sanctions regime imposed on Iran’s economy and Iran’s fiscal and economic policies to diversify the crippled economy in order to attract foreign investment.  Armin’s research interests also encompass Iran’s foreign policy, particularly the role of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) and its destabilizing role in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and elsewhere throughout the region. Another area of interest for Armin is Iranian political history, focusing on both the Pahlavi Era in Iran and post-1979 Islamic Revolution under the current regime as well as Iran’s nuclear program and nuclear proliferation efforts.