Dr. Hamoon Khelghat-Doost is an Assistant Professor of political science at Science University of Malaysia. He holds a PhD in Political Science from National University of Singapore (NUS) and Masters in Communication Studies (Journalism). He is also currently a Next Generation Leader on Gender, Peace, and Security (GPS) at Women in International Security (WIIS) in Washington DC.
His main research interest lies in the intersection of gender and terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa with special focus on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda. He has also conducted research on the role of Shi’a legionnaires (foreign fighters) who are recruited by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to fight ISIS and other Sunni groups to defend President Assad of Syria and the Shi’a-led regime in Iraq.
He has presented his research in several international organizations including the United States Institute of Peace (Washington DC), American University (Washington DC), USAID (Washington DC), International Studies Association (Baltimore, USA), Warsaw Security Forum (Poland), Middle East Institute (Singapore) and Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany). The findings of his research are based on data personally collected from his multiple field trips to Iraq, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Lebanon, and the borders of ISIS-controlled Syria from 2015 to 2018.
Hamoon have been a speaker at many internationally recognized events such as Warsaw Security Forum, Poland 2017, International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program 2017 at American University, Washington D.C. and Engaging Africa Program 2017 at National University of Singapore.
He also has have been invited as a presenter to many renowned events such as Gulf Research Meeting 2018 at Gulf Research Centre Cambridge, University of Cambridge; 2017 Women Peace , and Security = Gender, Peace and Security (WPS + GPS) at Next Generation Symposium, Women In International Security (WIIS), Washington D. C.; Selected presenter at the Sustainable Living with Environmental Risk (SLER) Leadership Program, Yokohama National University Yokohama, Japan.
Besides being professionally acclaimed, Hamoon is also a member of Women in International Security (WIIS), International Studies Association (ISA) and American Political Science Association. He is also highly versatile in the area of languages as he is able to converse fluently in Persian, English, Malay, Arabic and German.