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Seyed Mohammad Marandi
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Seyed Mohammad Marandi, a graduate of Birmingham University and associate professor of English Literature at University of Tehran, is the founder and director of Institute for North American and European Studies (INAES). [color=limegreen]Marandi, born in 1966 in Richmond, Virginia, is the son of the former Iranian Health Care Minister and present Iranian Member of Parliament, Alireza Marandi, and a solid supporter of the Islamic Republic and its leader, Seyed Ali Khamenei. He also used to be a frequent interlocutor at international news networks such as CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and Press TV, where he frequently supported the policies of the Islamic Republic with regard to its nuclear program and the pacification of the Iranian domestic demonstrations following the presidential elections of 2009. However, recently, he has generally and most frequently appeared only in Russia Today to defend the stance of the Islamic Republic establishment against a probable joint American-Israeli invasion of Iran's nuclear facilities.
In the world of academy, Marandi's main focus of concern has been the project INAES. This institute, starting as a subsidiary arm to the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature of University of Tehran just a few years ago, is now a full-fledged independent center essentially concerned with post-colonial studies with a particular concentration on the critique of Orientalism, as promoted by such figures as Edward Said, Ziauddin Sardar, and Bill Ashcroft.