Annahita Mirsalari graduated with an Honours B.A. from the University of Toronto, where she completed a double major in Peace and Conflict Studies and History with a minor in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations. Following that, she completed her M.A. in Political Science at the University of Waterloo in 2009. Her primary research interests at that time included democratic processes and security concerns in the Middle East. Her Master’s Research Project was entitled: The Second Lebanon War and its Impact on Consociationalism in Lebanon: Hezbollah’s Gateway to Democratic Reform?
For her doctoral research, Annahita has chosen to focus on unpacking and unravelling the “rogue state” concept, particularly as it applies at the international level. Various international organizations have been chosen as sites of analysis that will provide the background for analyzing state participation and behaviour within the international community. The hope is that her research will provide novel insight that will contribute to a better understanding of so-called “rogue states.”
Annahita’s regional specialty centres on the Middle East. Thematically, her broad research interests include security policies and militarization, the politics of nuclear power, the role of war in state building, the governance of ethnic conflict, post-war conflict resolution, “rogue state” theory, international organizations, and democratic processes.