Meir Javedanfar – Biography

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Meir Javedanfar – Photo by Nancy Shurka

Meir Javedanfar (pictured right) is the owner and editor of the Iran – Israel Observer. He is a:


Meir teaches the “Contemporary Iranian Politics” course at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya. For the academic years 2011 and 2012 he received the highest teaching grade at the IDC’s Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy. In fact in 2012 he received an average score 5/5 from the international course.

Meir has guest lectured in five languages (Persian, Hebrew, English, Spanish and Portuguese) at events and universities in more than 20 countries in Europe, North and South America as well as Africa.

He has briefed officials and academics from more than 30 countries on Iran.


Is the coauthor of the first biography of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Called “The Nuclear Sphinx of Tehran: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and The State of Iran“, the book has been translated into English, Hebrew, Dutch and Polish.

He is also the author of the chapter “The Islamic Republic of Iran: The Ministry of Information and Security (VAVAK)” for the book “PSI Handbook of Global Security and Intelligence: National Approaches“.


Has written and published more than 100 articles on Iran and relations between Iran and Israel for publications such as The Guardian, The Diplomat, The Atlantic, Al Monitor and Bloomberg.

TV and Radio appearances:

Has made more than 250 TV appearances including live interviews in 5 languages for outlets such as BBC Persian, CNN, CNN Spanish, BBC World, France 24 and others. He is also a regular contributor to radio outlets such as ABC Australia, Radio Free Europe, BBC Persian radio as well Israel Radio Reshet Bet.


Meir Javedanfar is the most frequently quoted Israeli expert on Iranian affairs in the international press. He is interviewed and quoted numerous times a week in different publications.

Professional Affiliations:

Meir serves as an expert to The U.N. Alliance of Civilizations – Global Experts Resource Project.

He is also a member and contributor to the Gulf 2000 Middle East Project at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.


Mr Javedanfar has a Masters in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. He runs the Middle East Economic and Political Analysis Company (MEEPAS) from its offices in Tel Aviv.

Intern Analysts

Tal Avrech, graduated in 2013 from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya with a BA in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy. She wrote her thesis on the subject of Iranian women during revolutionary times in Iran. She was a commander at the IDF education corp, where she commanded the cadets of the Marva project.

She also spent 6 months as a Project Manager and an English teacher at an orphanage in Guatemala. Tal also interned at the Israeli Knesset with member of Knesset Dr Ronen Hoffman from the YeshAtid party. Tal speaks Hebrew, English and Spanish fluently, and has basic knowledge of Italian.

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