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 March & April 2017

24 March | Harvard (Cambridge, MA) | Revisiting Rouhani’s School of Thought: A Discussion on the Iranian President’s Developmental and Foreign Policy Doctrines | Mod.: Dr. Payam Mohseni (Director, Iran Project) | Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS), Harvard University.

4 April | Copenhagen | The Iran Nuclear Deal and the Rohani Administration: Expectations vs. Realities | Conference »Implications of the Nuclear Agreement with Iran«, organized by the Centre for European and Comparative Legal Studies (CECS), University of Copenhagen, 3–4 April.

6. April | Tutzing (Starnberger See) | Vorträge “Iran: Außenpolitik einer Regionalmacht” & “Der revolutionäre Prozess in der  arabischen Welt und der Westen: Von der Revolution  zur Konterrevolution” | Lehrkräfte-Fortbildungs-Seminar »Der Nahe Osten im Wandel« | VA: Akademie für Politische Bildung Tutzing & Akademie für Lehrerfortbildung und Personalführung Dillingen | 3.–7. April.


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.