Ali Fathollah-Nejad | Official Website | Political scientist focusing on Iran, Middle East geopolitics & 21st century world order
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Ali Fathollah-Nejad

Ali Fathollah-Nejad

political scientist & analyst

deutsch-iranischer politologe

politologue irano-allemand

Dr. Ali Fathollah-Nejad is an independent scholar based in Berlin, with a focus on Iran, West Asia and North Africa, the post-unipolar world order as well as right-wing populism in the West. Currently, he is an Associate Fellow with the Middle East and North Africa Program of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) – acting as the latter’s in-house Iran expert – and since November 2016 an Associate with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Iran Project. He regularly teaches at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin’s Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics. Ali earned his PhD in International Relations from the Department of Development Studies of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, with a thesis on Iran’s international relations in the 2010s amidst an evolving new world order. His almost 100 analytical pieces in English, German and French have been translated into a dozen languages. A frequent speaker at political forums and academic conferences, he regularly contributes to international media outlets in English, German or French. Ali is fluent in German, French, English and Persian.


[en] Overview and selected publications in English, German and French – with translations into a dozen languages.

[de] Übersicht und Auswahl meiner Veröffentlichungen auf Deutsch, Englisch und Französisch – mit Übersetzungen in ein Dutzend weiterer Sprachen.


[en] Details about my talks and lectures in English, German or French.

[de] Informationen zu meinen Vorträgen auf Deutsch, Englisch oder Französisch.

[fr] Des informations sur mes conférences en allemand, anglais ou français.

Events in May 2017

10 May | Vienna | “Concretizing the Transformative Power of the JCPOA and its Limits Concerning the Relaxing of the Saudi-Iranian Rivalry for Regional Hegemony/Supremacy” | 2nd panel »Assessing the Transformative Potential of the JCPOA«, chaired by Dr. Bernd W. Kubbig (Project Leader, APOME) & Marc Finaud (Senior Advisor, GCSP) | Co-Organized by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) & the Academic Peace Orchestra Middle East (APOME); side event to the 2017 Preparatory Committee of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Vienna International Centre.

24 May 2017 | Doha (Qatar) | “The Rouhani Administration: Its Doctrinal Underpinnings and its Legacy” | Politics and International Relations Program’s Seminar Series | Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI), Doha (Qatar).


Latest Posts

Books / Studies

Der Iran-Konflikt und die Obama-Regierung

Alter Wein in neuen Schläuchen?
Mit dem Amtsantritt Barack Obamas wurden nach Jahren schwelender Kriegsgefahr mit dem Iran große Hoffnungen verbunden.

Iran in the Eye of Storm

Why A Global War Has Begun
The Iran crisis has become a synonym for escalation dangerously tending towards confrontation. Tehran therein is accused by the U.S.-led West of developing nuclear weapons.