Mansour Salsabili is a Middle East expert and a freelance writer. As a former diplomat dealing with disarmament and international security issues he had worked at the United Nations’ offices including: Conference on Disarmament in Geneva; the UN General Assembly in New York; and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). He was also affiliated with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
Since September 2011, he has left the diplomatic career and joined Harvard to fulfill a multifaceted project on disarmament and peace. He was awarded fellowships at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard (Research Fellow: 2011–2013 and Associate: 2013–2016); and the MIT Center for International Studies (Visiting Scholar 2013-15). His primary research focuses on how to promote peace by tackling duality of means and ends of violence in the Middle East. Targeting mass destructive weapons, as the means of violence, he delves into the feasibility of a zone of peace based on a WMD free zone in the Persian Gulf. Currently, he looks into the extremism, as an end for violence in the region, and explores the variety of responses by the traditional establishments to the educational modernism in Iran and Egypt since the 19th century.
He was director of research and also a member of the editorial board at the Middle East History Research Institute in Tehran and received his Ph.D. in Middle East politics from University of Exeter.