Dr Kumuda Simpson is a lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics and Philosophy at La Trobe University, Melbourne. She has published on a range of issues, including American politics and regional security issues in the Middle East. Her book America’s Nuclear Diplomacy with Iran was published in 2015. She is currently working on a second book, which looks at the security implications of global climate change. She is a regular commentator on ABC Radio and local radio stations, and a regular columnist for The Conversation.