Dr Aran joined the Department in September 2009. He was previously a Fellow in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His main research interests lie in the international relations of the Middle East, with special reference to the Arab-Israeli conflict and the foreign policy of Middle Eastern states.
His work also engages with International Relations theory, particularly foreign policy analysis and globalisation.
Dr Aran has also contributed to policy-making forums through his work with the European Union's Middle East Peace Task Force, ETN Zurich, Oxford Analytica, and he has commentated on Middle Eastern affairs for the BBC, Bloomberg and CCTV. His book - Foreign Policy Analysis: New Approaches - was recently published by Routledge. Dr Aran has also published in academic journals such as International Affairs, and International Politics.