Dr Johan Franzén is an academic whose research focus on the political history of the Middle East, particularly various ideologies of resistance and opposition.


His recent book, Red Star Over Iraq: Iraqi Communism Before Saddam (Columbia University Press), looked at how the Iraqi Communist Party played a crucial part in the modern history of Iraq and the wider region as the main oppositional party and source of protest against a range of different oppressive regimes.


Currently, Dr Franzén is writing a general history of Iraq which aims to show how opposition and protest always has been a central feature of that country’s modern history – right up to the current situation.


He is also interested in how politics in other countries in the region, such as Syria, Egypt, Palestine and Lebanon, has been shaped by various ideologies, revolutions and protest movements.