Dr. Chris Ferrero is a specialist on Iran.
Dr. Ferrero received his PhD in December 2011. His dissertation,
entitled "The Iran Narrative: Ideas, Discourse, and Domestic Politics in
the Making of US Foreign Policy toward Iran, 1990-2003," examines the
extent to which characterizations in American political discourse of
Iran as a fanatical terrorist state have constrained presidents from
more vigorously pursuing engagement with the Islamic Republic.
Dr. Ferrero's overall research agenda is comprised of two functional
threads: conflict resolution and foreign policy. Geographically, he
focuses on the Middle East, with special attention to Iran, the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict and peace process, and American/NATO
involvement and relationships in the region. His work examines the
practical, technical, and ideational dimensions of these issue-areas.
Dr. Ferrero embraces methodological and theoretical pluralism; he uses
theory as a means, not an end, and seeks to generate policy-relevant
Dr. Ferrero's current project(Fall 2013)is an analysis of alternative
frameworks for Israeli-Palestinian peace; he is especially interested
in developing a modified version of the extant two-state framework. Dr.
Ferrero also continues to closely follow Iran and the US-Iran
relationship, with an eye toward assessing and developing solutions to
the longstanding conflict.
Additionally, Dr. Ferrero brings to bear extensive knowledge of arms
control, WMD proliferation, and missile defense programs and systems
gained over four years as an intelligence analyst with the Departments
of State and Defense.
Since joining the School of Diplomacy in Fall 2011, Dr. Ferrero has
taught graduate courses on the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process,
International Relations Theory, and US Foreign Policy and undergraduate
courses in Comparative Foreign Policy, International Political Economy,
US Involvement in the Middle East, and Introduction to Comparative