Edward Wastnidge joined the Department of Politics and International Studies in November 2013. Prior to this he held positions at Manchester Metropolitan University, Keele University and the University of Manchester. He also previously worked for the Open University as an Associate Lecturer. Edward is currently the Qualifications Director for the Open University’s International Studies programme
PhD, Middle Eastern Studies, University of Manchester
MA, Middle Eastern Studies, University of Manchester
BSc (Hons) Human Geography, University of Plymouth
Edward’s main area of research concerns the politics and international relations of the Middle East and Central Asia, with a focus on contemporary Iranian politics and foreign policy. His current research explores the intersection of ideas and foreign policy, soft power, cultural diplomacy, and the role of identity in international relations. Other research interests include national identity and nationalism, political Islam, constructivist IR theory, ethnic and religious minority groups in the Middle East, and modern Iranian history.
He has carried out research in Iran at the Institute for Political and International Studies and the National Library in Tehran. He has also studied Persian language at the Dekhoda Institute, Tehran.
Edward was also a co-founder of the journal New Middle Eastern Studies, for which he currently serves as politics section editor.
'Iran and Syria: An Enduring Axis', Middle East Policy, Vol. 24, issue 2, 2017
'Central Asia in the Iranian Geopolitical Imagination', Cambridge Journal of Eurasian Studies, Vol.1, issue 1, 2017.
Diplomacy and Reform in Iran: Foreign Policy under Khatami (I.B Tauris, London, 2016)
'Strategic Narratives and Iranian Foreign Policy into the Rouhani Era', E-International Relations, March, 2016
‘The Modalities of Iranian Soft Power – from Cultural Diplomacy to Soft War', Politics, Vol. 35, issue 3-4. 2015.
‘Iran, the US, and Letter Diplomacy: From Private to Public Debate’, Journal of International Affairs, July 2015.
‘Pragmatic Politics’ Iran, Central Asia and cultural foreign policy’, Central Asia and the Caucasus, Vol. 15, issue 4. 2014. Also available in Russian.
‘Iran and its Place among Nations’ review, Iranian Studies, Vol. 45, issue 1, 2012.
‘Détente and Dialogue: Iran and the Organisation of Islamic Conference’, Politics, Religion and Ideology, Vol. 12, issue 4, 2011.
'Challenging the Narrative' . Part of the OU's Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG) 'Methods in Motion' blog series. September 2017: http://www.open.ac.uk/ccig/blogs/methods-in-motion-30-edward-wastnidge-challenging-the-narrative
'Iran's foreign policy under its diplomat par excellence' - a profile of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Aftab-e Yazd, August 2017 (in Persian): http://aftabeyazd.ir
'Why Iran's Abandoning Its Nuclear Deal Would Play Into Washington's Hands', article based on interview given to Sputnik News World Service Radio, August 2017: https://sputniknews.com/politics/201708151056489487-us-iran-nuclear-deal/
'Obama’s Iran legacy is noble, complicated – and endangered', The Conversation, January 2017: https://theconversation.com/obamas-iran-legacy-is-noble-complicated-and-endangered-65928
'Methods in Motion: The magpie'. Part of the OU's Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG) 'Methods in Motion' blog series. October 2016: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/people-politics-law/politics-policy-people/social-policy/methods-motion-the-magpie
'Saudi Arabia is paying price of Iran’s global rehabilitation', The Conversation, January, 2016. https://theconversation.com/saudi-arabia-is-paying-price-of-irans-global-rehabilitation-52718
'Stability and cooperation is an asset for Iran, as tough sanctions are lifted', OU News, January, 2016. http://ounews.co/arts-social-sciences/society-politics/stability-and-cooperation-is-an-asset-for-iran-as-tough-sanctions-are-lifted/
‘A cautious Iran ratifies the nuclear deal and starts to re-assert itself’, The Conversation, October, 2015. https://theconversation.com/a-cautious-iran-ratifies-the-nuclear-deal-and-starts-to-re-assert-itself-48398
‘What Iran nuclear framework deal could mean for the region – and the world’, The Conversation, April, 2015. https://theconversation.com/what-iran-nuclear-framework-deal-could-mean-for-the-region-and-the-world-39730
‘Rouhani positions Iran as a vital partner against Islamic State’, The Conversation, September 2014. https://theconversation.com/rouhani-positions-iran-as-a-vital-partner-against-islamic-state-32192
‘Across Pakistan, Iran wields its softest power’, IranWire, July 2014. http://en.iranwire.com/features/5901/
‘EU sees hope in Ashton’s Iran visit’, Asia Times, March 2014. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MID-01-200314.html
‘Iran and Pakistan: It’s Complicated’, International Policy Digest, March 2014. http://intpolicydigest.org/2014/03/03/iran-and-pakistan-it-s-complicated/
Interview given to Sputnik World Service Radio on Iran-US relations and the nuclear deal, August 2017: https://soundcloud.com/radiosputnik/withdrawing-from-the-nuclear-deal-is-not-in-the-interests-of-iran-edward-wastnidge
Podcast on the impact of Trump's election victory on intetrnational politics. 2017: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/people-politics-law/what-impact-will-trumps-victory-have-on-international-politics
Video Q&A from the 2016 PSA Conference. Dr Edward Wastnidge discusses how Soft Power influences his own research and the future of Soft Power in Iran: https://youtu.be/HpuDP_KUZxc
'The spaces of politics', OpenLearn video. 2015: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/people-politics-law/politics-policy-people/politics/the-spaces-politics
Audio interview with the Open University's PodMag on Edward Wastnidge's new book Diplomacy and Reform in Iran. 2016: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/people-politics-law/podmag-april-2016
Edward is the Qualifications Director for the Open University’s International Studies programme. He wrote the global politics section in the level two politics module Understanding Politics: Ideas and Institutions in the Modern World (DD211), and contributed to the level one module Investigating the Social World (DD103). He is currently the deputy module chair for International Relations: Continuity and Change in Global Politics (DD313)
‘Thinking Globally: The Globalisation of World Politics’, in Heffernan, R. and Wastnidge, E. (eds.) Understanding Politics: Ideas and Institutions in the Modern World, Milton Keynes: The Open University. 2015.
‘The European Union’, in Heffernan, R. and Wastnidge, E. (eds.) Understanding Politics: Ideas and Institutions in the Modern World, Milton Keynes: The Open University. 2015.
‘Culture, Rights and Justice in Global Politics’, in Heffernan, R. and Wastnidge, E. (eds.) Understanding Politics: Ideas and Institutions in the Modern World, Milton Keynes: The Open University. 2015.
‘Challenging the State: Terrorism in Global Politics’, in Heffernan, R. and Wastnidge, E. (eds.) Understanding Politics: Ideas and Institutions in the Modern World, Milton Keynes: The Open University. 2015.
(with Conway, D.) ‘Governing Common Resources’, in Drake, D., Morris, A., Shipman, A. & Wheeler, K. (eds.) Investigating the Social World 2, Milton Keynes: The Open University. 2015.