Dr. Moritz Pieper is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Salford, Manchester, UK. He holds a PhD from the University of Kent and has completed his postgraduate studies in Canterbury, Moscow, and Brussels. He has been a visiting Research Fellow at China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU), Beijing, at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Brussels, and at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. His most recent works have been published in Geopolitics, European Security, and International Politics. His monograph on Russian, Chinese, and Turkish foreign policies towards the Iranian nuclear programme was published with Routledge in 2017.