Assistant Professor, Diplomacy & World Affairs
Specializing in International Relations and Comparative Political Theory
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Education: BA York University; MSc. London School of Economics, Ph.D. Brown University
Professor Banai joined Occidental College in the fall of 2012. He earned his BA in Political Science at York University in Canada (2003), his MSc in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK (2005), and his PhD in Political Science from Brown University in the United States (2011). He teaches courses on democratic theory, diplomatic history, and modern Middle Eastern politics. His research interests lie at the intersection of international relations, political theory, and comparative politics with particular focus on topics in democratic legitimacy, US-Iran relations, and diplomacy.
DWA 101 - Introduction to Diplomacy and World Affairs
DWA 241 - International Relations of the Middle East
DWA 244 - Modern Iran: Society and Politics
DWA 285 - Diplomacy, Conflict and Cooperation
DWA 305 - Peoples, States, and Wars (co-taught with Prof. Chase)
DWA 360 - Religion, Ideology, and Democracy in the Middle East
DWA 370 - Democracy in Global Politics
Co-author (with James Blight, Malcolm Byrne, Janet Lang and John Tirman), Becoming Enemies: U.S.-Iran Relations and the Iran-Iraq War (Rowman & Littlefield), 2012.
“Diplomacy and the Public Imagination,” Chapter Four in Sustainable Diplomacies, edited by Costas Constantinou and James Der Derian, London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
Zócalo Public Square, Enmity or Amity with Iran?
Los Angeles Times, "A Test of Wills"
Los Angeles Times, "Why Iran Says No"
CNN, "Contain Israel, Compel Iran" (with Nina Tannenwald)