About the Blog

About the Blog

The Persian Blog of Kings offers insight and analysis on Iran, the Middle East, and international politics. Originally launched in 2016, the blog covers significant developments in Iranian politics and foreign affairs, including major domestic elections; the implementation, degradation, and attempted restoration of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, a.k.a, the Iran deal); as well as Iran’s involvement in regional affairs. It also focuses on the interaction between Iran and its primary adversaries, the United States and Israel, and how their ongoing conflicts affect regional and global politics.

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About the Author

Jonathan Leslie is a consultant, researcher, and adjunct professor. He holds a Ph.D. in politics and international studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), an MA in international relations in international relations and international economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and an AB in politics from Princeton University. His research focuses primarily on Iranian politics and foreign policy and Middle Eastern relations. Dr. Leslie is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies within the School of Foreign Service, where he teaches a course on modern Iranian foreign policy. His first book, Fear and Insecurity: Israel and the Iran Threat Narrative, is set for publication with Hurst Publishers in late 2022.

Originally hailing from New Orleans, Louisiana, Jonathan is an avid squash — and formerly, tennis — player. He played four years on the Princeton University men’s varsity tennis team, serving as captain in his senior season. Jonathan currently resides in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife, Anne, and his son, Noah.

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