Anna Viden
Lecturer in International Relations
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Brief Biography: 

Anna Viden, Ph. D., teaches the Senior Thesis Seminar in International Relations (fall and spring semesters).

Dr. Viden earned the equivalent of a BA in International Relations from Gothenburg University, a MA in Geopolitics from Institut Français de Géopolitique, Paris University VIII, and a Ph. D. in History of International Relations from L’Institut d’études politiques (IEP) de Paris.

During her doctoral studies Dr. Viden was a Ph. D fellow at the Fletcher School, Tufts University. She also interned at the Brooking Institution's Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) in Washington, D.C., where she mainly worked on civil and military relations in Afghanistan and counter terrorism and human rights.

Dr. Viden’s dissertation focuses on the relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia from 1973 to Sept. 11, 2001. Using the strategic Saudi-U.S. relations as a frame of analysis she studies how the images of Saudi Arabia in the U.S. have crystallized under the influence of certain main events, actors and factors. Another dimension that Dr. Viden studies in her dissertation is how the strategic Saudi-U.S. relations fit in the larger narrative on Islam and Arabs in the U.S. going back as far as the first experiences of the American Protestant missionaries in the Middle East in the 1820s.

Other axes of research that Dr. Viden covers are Islam and democracy, Muslim minorities in Europe and the Transatlantic Relations.


Selected Publications: 

Dr. Viden's publications include « L’approche des États-Unis à l’égard du Printemps arabe : Une illustration de la « doctrine Obama » ou une continuation des affaires américaines courantes au « Moyen-Orient » ? » (Confluences Méditerranée, forthcoming 2012) and « L’Image de l’Arabie Saoudite aux États-Unis vue au travers de l’embargo pétrolier de 1973-1974: Le premier « 9/11 » de la relation américano-saoudienne? » (Transaméricaines, May 2010).

She has also presented papers at various conferences and symposia, including “The ‘Special’ US-Saudi Relationship: A Constant Negotiation Between Interests and Values” (East-Meets West, Center for Leadership and Ethics at the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia, March 23-25, 2011), “The Issue of Secularism and Islam: A Critique of Transnational Discursive Democracy Seen through the Headscarf Debate in Western Europe” (Annual Convention of International Studies Association (ISA) Montréal, Quebec, March 14-20, 2011), “Transnational Discursive Democracy: The Issue of Secularism and Islam” (Annual Convention of ISA, North-East Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, November 4-6, 2010), “Transatlantic Tensions and the Arab-Israeli Conflict from the 1973-74 Oil Embargo to 'Eurabia'” (The Mediterranean and Southern Europe: Crisis and Transformation from Détente to the Second Cold War, University Degli Studi Di Padova, Padua, Italy July 1-3, 2010), “The Role of the Saudi Propagation of Wahhabism within the U.S. Cold War Policy of Containment: A Pursuit of Realism or a Misperception?” (Annual Convention International Studies Association, New York, New York, February 15-18 2009), “L’Image de l’Arabie Saoudite aux États-Unis vue au travers de l’embargo pétrolier de 1973-1974: Le premier “9/11” de la relation américano-saoudienne?” (La politique étrangère des Amériques: Entre Crises et Alliances. Doctoral conference co-organized by Sorbonne III and University Aix-Marseille, November 20, 2008, Paris, France), “Afghanistan : A Possibility for Common Ground or a Dead End for the Transatlantic Relations?” (Renewing the Transatlantic Relationship: Prospects for Europe and the United States in an Emerging Multipolar World, co-sponsored by the Ashburn Institute and the European Union Center, School of International Area Studies, University of Oklahoma, November 13-14, 2008), and “Globalization and the Resistance to Change in the French Society” (Global Issues Seminar, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Medford, Massachusetts, February 5, 2008).

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