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Co-authored article published by Dr Kris Hartley

Dr Kris Hartley, Assistant Professor at APS, has published a new co-authored article for the Journal of Asian Public Policy, titled “COVID-19 pandemic response in Iran: a dynamic perspective on policy capacity.” Together with co-author Hamid Sajadi (Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies, Tehran), Kris explores the policy responses of Iran’s government during the crucial first months of the pandemic, using data obtained through interviews structured around SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) and interpreted to elicit insights for policy capacity theory and practice. The discussion integrates policy capacity into explanations and recommendations to illustrate the applied value of the concept in crisis settings characterized by uncertainty and rapid onset. The article can be found online here: