Arman Mahmoudian is a Ph.D. candidate in Politics and International Affairs at the University of South Florida (USF). He also works as a research assistant at the USF Global and National Security Institute with a focus on Russia and the Middle East. Additionally, Arman. serves as an adjunct faculty member at the USF Judy Genshaft Honors College, where he offers courses on Russia, the Middle East, and International Security. Outside of academia, he frequently provides expert analysis in the media, having appeared on notable networks such as Al-Jazeera and the BBC. He has also contributed articles to leading publications including The Atlantic Council, The National Interest, and The Stimson Center, among others.