Ameneh Mehvar is a Middle East Regional Specialist at ACLED. She holds a PhD in International Relations and a master’s degree in Middle East and Central Asian Security from the University of St Andrews. She is a former ESRC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Birmingham, and has previously worked as a political risk consultant. Her research interests include security studies and the international politics of the Middle East. Ameneh is fluent in Persian, English and German, and has a working knowledge of Arabic.