Richard Hrair Dekmejian

Expert on politics in the Middle East, including Iran, Syria and Afghanistan

Professor of political science, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Director, USC Institute of Armenian Studies


  • Middle East politics — Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan (including Darfur), Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen
  • the former Soviet republics of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Chechnya, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Nagorno-Karabakh, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan
  • international politics of the Islamic world
  • Arab-Israeli conflict
  • Islamic civilization
  • terrorism
  • genocide
  • U.S. foreign policy
  • world political leaders
  • leadership and the characteristics of leaders
  • multinational business and politics
  • Caspian regional politics
  • oil politics
  • central Asia
  • international human rights
  • politics and religion
  • messianic cults
  • religious terrorism
  • international political risk analysis
  • international relations

Additional Information

  • Author, Spectrum of Terror (2007), Troubled Waters: The Geopolitics of the Caspian Region (2001), Ethnic Lobbies in U.S. Foreign Policy (1997), Islam in Revolution, 1st and 2nd eds. (1985, 1995), Patterns of Political Leadership: Lebanon, Israel, Egypt (1975) and Egypt under Nasser: A Study in Political Dynamics (1972)
  • Producer, Terrorism: A World in Shadows, a six-hour television documentary on the Discovery Channel (1990)


  • Arabic
  • Turkish
  • French
  • Armenian

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  • Professor Dekmejian speaks about ArmenianGenocide

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