Hesamodin Ashna

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Hesamodin Ashna
Born1964 (age 54–55)
Head of Center for Strategic Studies
Assumed office
1 October 2013
PresidentHassan Rouhani
Alma materImam Sadiq University
Qom Seminary
Scientific career
InstitutionsImam Sadiq University
Iranian Center for Strategic Studies
ThesisCulture, Communications and Foreign Policy: Cultural Diplomacy of the United States in Iran (1957–1979) (2004)
Doctoral advisor

Hesamodin Ashna (Persian: حسام‌الدین آشنا‎; born 18 August 1964 in Tehran) is an Iranian politician and advisor to President Hassan Rouhani. He is also the head of Center for Strategic Studies. Ashna is described to be in Rouhani's inner circle and associated with the Moderation and Development Party.[1]


When he was 17, Ashna was a radio presenter on Radio Ahvaz. Then he studied both at Qom Seminary and Imam Sadiq University. He is married to the daughter of Ghorbanali Dorri-Najafabadi and was his deputy in Ministry of Intelligence. Ashna was a key figure in Rouhani presidential campaign (2013) and was appointed by Rouhani as his "cultural adviser" in October 2013 and as his "advisor" in August 2017.[2][3]

He received his PhD from Imam Sadiq University in 2004 and now is a professor of communications at this university.[4][5][6][7][8]


  1. ^ Ali Afshari (8 April 2014), "Internal rivalries hinder Rouhani's reform efforts", Al-Monitor, retrieved 11 December 2016
  2. ^ Iran not comparable to Soviet Union, Cuba: Presidential adviser
  3. ^ Iran's proposed cabinet: The old guard is back in charge
  4. ^ Iran’s Hardliners Fall Into Line Backing Zarif in Nuclear Talks
  5. ^ Joining forces to save Iran’s drying wetlands
  6. ^ Inter-army cooperation explored
  7. ^ Exhibition celebrates Italy and Iran's archeological work
  8. ^ Khamenei goes Ballistic over Missile Tests

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