Interview with ITV television

October 3, 2013 in Media

A former Durham University professor has alleged that a research project was used by America to gather intelligence on an enemy country.

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Interview with BBC WORLD NEWS Channel

September 26, 2013 in Media

Interview with BBC WORLD NEWS Channel

September 25, 2013 in Media

Interview with BBC Radio 5

September 19, 2013 in Media

Interview with BBC Radio 4

September 19, 2013 in Media

Academic: ‘I saw jail as a fact-finding mission’

July 26, 2013 in Media

A FORMER North-East academic jailed as a political prisoner in his native Iran has been freed and returned to the UK, The Northern Echo can reveal. Reza Molavi, a former head of Durham University’s Centre for Iranian Studies, has revealed how he had his passport seized on trying to return to the UK in June 2010, was arrested at his Tehran home the next morning and detained at the notorious Evin Prison. Read the rest of this entry →

Oil and Gas Privatisation in Iran

August 26, 2012 in Media

iran is the fourth biggest producer of oil in the world, and its coastline stretches the entire length of the Persian Gulf, one of the world’s most strategic waterways in terms of energy security. The establishment of the Islamic Republic after the 1979 Revolution paved the way for religious clerics to gain ultimate political control in Iran. A period mostly remembered for crackdowns on political dissenters, the only area in which differences of opinion were tolerated was the role of the private and public sectors. Read the rest of this entry →


October 1, 2010 in Media



Europe’s growing and seemingly insatiable need for a study supply of fuel to maintain its industrialized status including the so-called European standard of living’ requires a flow of oil/gas from diversified sources without putting all eggs in one basket in order not to jeopardize its economic independence. At the same time, member states of the European Union need reasonable prices so as not to incur a heavy and unfeasible cost on their development projects.

The following paper is an attempt to pinpoint the various oil/gas pipelines flowing into Europe from Russia, Turkey and the Caucasus/Caspian Region, North Africa, and the potential of Iran, which has the world’s 2nd largest natural gas reserves. The study also focuses on problems in this regard including geopolitical issues.


The international politics of peak oil and energy policy

July 28, 2009 in Media

Written by Reza Molavi and K. Luisa Gandolfo on July 28, 2009 – 19:34

The impact of oil scarcity in relation to the global economy and power balance: peak oil and energy policy

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Iran needs to be “part of the solution”

June 29, 2009 in Media

As the 30th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution (Sunday, February 1), approaches Dr Reza Molavi, said Iran needed to “be part of the solution”, particularly in relation to meeting the world’s energy needs. February 1, 1979, saw the return of the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini to Iran, sparking the revolution that established the current Islamic Republic. Dr Molavi, Executive Director of the Centre for Iranian Studies, at Durham University, said: “Although the Iranian Revolution happened 30 years ago its effects are still being felt today as Iran becomes of increasing strategic importance on both the Middle East and World stage.

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