Author Archive: Yvette Hovsepian Bearce

Yvette Hovsepian Bearce

is a Middle East scholar and researcher specializing in contemporary Iranian politics. She is a political and cultural advisor to academic delegations traveling to Iran and appears as a guest lecturer on current developments in the Middle East. Her book, The Political Ideology of Ayatollah Khamenei: Out of the Mouth of the Supreme Leader of Iran (Routledge, 2015) was published as a volume in the UCLA Center for Middle East Development series. It has attracted the attention of several prominent U.S. and global leaders. Her research and teaching focus on contemporary Iranian politics, Shi'i political thought, history of Islam, and the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe. Her second book, in progress, is on the subject of Iranian youth. She earned an A.A. from Glendale Community College; a B.A. in Business from California State University, Northridge; an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California; and a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

pro refugee protest in Germany

Seven Different Opinions in Germany About Refugees

As the refugee crises in Germany reached its heights in September 2015, I went to help both Germans and refugees. I had been in a similar situation 31 years earlier as a refugee in Germany. I, too, had escaped war and political unrest. Although I landed in Germany by a plane and not by crossing the dangerous seas or walking for days by foot, I, too, sought refuge in search for hope, a future, and a better life. Because of my experience, I could understand the fear and emotional and psychological distress of the refugees. But I was also able…
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Khamenei’s Strategic Steps to Name Iran’s Next Supreme Leader Image ©:SIPA/REX/Shutterstock

Khamenei’s Strategic Steps to Name Iran’s Next Supreme Leader

During a meeting on March 10 with the outgoing Assembly of Experts, Supreme Leader Khamenei clearly stated that it was time for the Iranian leaders to begin thinking about the transition of Iran’s top Leadership—that is, the arrival of the next Supreme Leader of Iran. He then gave advice to Iran’s elite about the professional and personal attributes of his successor and laid down the policies for the Assembly of Experts to begin working in preparation for the next Supreme Leader in case of his demise or in the event he chooses to step down from his power and install…
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