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Talks are offered in English, German and French.

Panel discussion “Der Iran zurück auf die Weltbühne?” [Iran back on the world stage?] | Ali Fathollah-Nejad with Amb. Wolfgang Ischinger (chairman, Munich Security Conference), Omid Nouripour (German MP, foreign-policy spokesperson, The Greens) &  Christiane Hoffmann (Berlin office deputy chief, Der Spiegel); chaired by Dietmar Ringel (Inforadio, rbb) | German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), 9 March 2016.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Iran: state-society relations; Iranian foreign policy (schools of thought, relations with neighbors and great powers); the Iran sanctions regime and its domestic, geopolitical and geo-economic impact
  • MENA region: globalization and development; socio-economic roots and geopolitical impact of the Arab revolts; policies of the great powers (Western and non-Western) in the region
  • 21st-century world order and implications for foreign policy and diplomacy

 

FACHGEBIETE

  • Iran: Verhältnis zwischen Staat und Gesellschaft; Außenpolitik (Denkschulen, Beziehungen zu Nachbarn und Großmächten); das Iran-Sanktionsregime und seine Folgen (innenpolitisch, geopolitisch und geo-ökonomisch)
  • Globalisierung und Entwicklung in der MENA-Region; sozio-ökonomische Hintergründe und geopolitische Auswirkungen der Arabischen Revolten; Politik von (westlichen und nicht-westlichen) Großmächten in der MENA-Region
  • Die Weltordnung im 21. Jahrhundert: Folgen für Außenpolitik und Diplomatie

Talks & Lectures 2018

8 May              West Asia in the Trump Era: Highlights of Key Geopolitical Developments | West Asia Center, Seoul National University Asia Center (SNUAC), Seoul National University (SNU).

3 May              Panel »The Prospect of the Iran Nuclear Deal« | 4th ROK–EU International Conference on Middle Eastern and North African Affairs | Org. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea & European External Action Service (EEAS) | 3-4 May, Four Seasons Hotel, Seoul.

9 April             Course instructor »Regionalism and Foreign Policy in the Gulf« | »Middle East Politics« Politics and International Relations core course, convened by Dr. Sophie Devroe-Richter, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI).

16 April           The 2017/2018 Iranian Revolt: Causes, Comparative Characteristics, and Consequences | Liberal Arts Lecture Series, Liberal Arts Program, Texas A&M University at Qatar.

1 May              Panel »Syria’s Chemical Weapons and the Challenge of WMDs in the Middle East« w/ Richard Weitz (Senior Fellow & Director, Center for Political-Military Analysis, Hudson Institute) | Brookings Doha Center.

27 March         The Iranian and Persian-Language Media Landscape: Limitations and Resistance | Brookings Doha Center (BDC) Roundtable »Media Freedom in the Middle East: How to Resist the Closure of Media Networks« | BDC, Doha.

14 March         Panel »Iran – Strohfeuer oder nachhaltiger Aufschwung« | »Dialog International« VA »Die aktuelle Lage in Iran – Auswirkungen auf die Wirtschaft« [The current situation in Iran – Ramifications on the economy] | Org. vbw – Vereinigung der Bayerischen Wirtschaft (Bavarian Industry Association) | Hotel Bayerischer Hof, München.

13 March         Iran’s Regional Posture after the Recent Uprising and the Rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia | org. Brookings Doha Center & NATO Parliamentary Assembly Delegation | Four Seasons Hotel, Doha. {Report}

2–4 March       Iran – Staat, Gesellschaft und Außenpolitik im Umbruch [Iran – State, society and foreign policy in flux] | Seminar organized on behalf of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) | Düsseldorf.

1 March           3 talks on »Europa und seine Nachbarregion: Reflexionen und Lehren aus dem ›Arabischen Frühling‹ bis hin zum ›Krieg gegen den Terror‹« [Europa and its neighbouring region: Relections and lessons from the »Arab Spring« and the »War on Terror«] Spessart-Gymnasium Alzenau, Germany. {Report; Kurzfassung im Main-Echo, 12/03}

26 Feb.             Panel organizer & chair »Iran in 2018 and Beyond: External and Internal Challenges« w/ Dr. Mohammad-Kazem Sajjadpour (Pres., Institute for Political and International Studies [IPIS], Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs) & Prof. Hooshang Amirahmadi (School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University & President, American-Iranian Council) & Prof. Shafeeq Ghabra (Professor of Political Science, Kuwait University & fmr. founding President, American University of Kuwait) | Brookings Doha Center. {Reports: Qatar Tribune, 01/03, p. 3 | Gulf Times, 04/03, p. 10}

23 Feb.             Missachtete Lehren aus dem »Arabischen Frühling«: Wieso Entwicklungs- und Außenpolitik in Europas Nachbarregion zusammengedacht werden muss, Keynote & Podiumsdiskussion »Die Globalisierung und die außenpolitischen Herausforderungen für Deutschland unter spezieller Betrachtung der Entwicklungsländer«, Wirtschaftsforum der Evangelischen Bank, Berlin, 22.–23.02.

22 Feb.             Introduction to the talk »Wer regiert im Iran und welche Ziel verfolgt der Iran in der Region?« [Who rules Iran and what are Iran’s goals in the region?] by Omid Nouripour, German MP, The Green Party | berlinlounge | Org. AGIT (Agentur für Integrierte Kommunikation) | Kempinski Hotel Bristol Berlin.

22 Feb.             Political and Socio-Economic Situation in the Middle East and EU Foreign and Developmental Policies | International Diplomats Programme | Federal Foreign Office (AA) of Germany, Berlin.

22 Feb.             Panel »Die aktuellen Unruhen im Iran und die Zukunft des Iran-Abkommens« [The current unrest in Iran and the future of the Iran deal] w/ Charlotte Wiedemann, journalist | Aspen Institute Germany, Berlin.

19 Feb.             Panel »Der neue Iran: Zwischen Konfrontation und Veränderung« [The new Iran: Between confrontation and change] w/ Dr. Hannes Swoboda (IIP President & ex-MEP); mod. Angela Kane (IIP Vice-President & ehem. Hohe Repräsentantin der UN in Abrüstungsfragen) | International Institute for Peace (IIP), Vienna. {Video}

15 Feb.             »Domestic politics in Iran and foreign policy implications for Europe« | Mod. Amanda Paul, Senior Policy Analyst, EPC | European Policy Centre (EPC), Brussels.

14 Feb.             Panel »Transatlantic Perspectives on Iran« with Dr. Ian Lesser (Vice-President, Foreign Policy & Executive Director, Transatlantic Center, GMF) | GMF series »Mediterranean Mornings« | Org. German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) Brussels & American Jewish Committee (AJC) Transatlantic Institute (TAI) | GMF Mediterranean Policy Program, Brussels.

13 Feb.             A Critique of Iran Analyses in the Rohani Era: Deconstructing Eight Key Hypotheses | Seminar »Où va l’Iran ?« [Where is Iran headed to ?], mod. Prof. Firouzeh Nahvandi, Institute of Sociology Director & CECID Director | Centre d’Études de la Coopération Internationale et du Développement (CECID), Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Brussels.

10 Feb.             Chairing »Raving Iran« panel with Blade&Beard | Studio, Essen.

Academic Congress Contributions

25 June 2017         Beyond the Iran Nuclear Deal: Predictable and Unpredictable Consequences in State, Society and Geopolitics | Summer School »Understanding the Middle East«, Topic: »Beyond the narrative of sectarianism: The struggle for regional hegemony over natural resources and human flows«, TOMidEast, Department of Cultures, Politics and Societies, University of Torino, 25–29 June.

22 Sep. 2017          Revisting Rouhani’s School of Thought: A Discussion of its Developmental and Foreign Policy Doctrines | Panel »Towards Critical Iranian Studies (II): New Perpectives on Post-Revolutionary Iran« | 24th International Congress of the German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO) combined with the 33rd German Oriental Studies Conference (Deutscher Orientalistentag, DOT) of the German Oriental Society (DMG) | Friedrich Schiller University Jena, 18–22 Sep.

25 Aug. 2017         Rouhani’s Developmental and Foreign Policy Doctrines | Summer School »Internatioinal Iran Forum«, part of Renewable Energy and Development Summer School 2017 | Org.: Economics of the Middle East Research Group at University of Marburg’s Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS) & International Iranian Economics Association (IIEA) | CNMS, Marburg.

19 & 22 July ‘17      (& Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid, DGAP) Entwicklungspolitik im Gefüge der deutschen Außenpolitik: Werte vs. Interessen? | Entwicklungspolitische Akademie 2017: »Leben und Zusammenarbeit in einer globalisierten Welt« | Organized by Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft (sdw) | German Council on Forewign Relations (DGAP), Berlin.

15 June 2017          Discussant, Panel »The Islamic Republic and the Surrounding World« with papers by Dr. Shervin Malekzadeh (Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania’s Middle East Center) on »Country Before Community: How Post-1979 Iran Uses the Ummat al-Islamiyah to Consolidate the Iranian Nation« & Nader Talebi (Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration research, BIM  & PhD cand., Department of Sociology, Lancaster University) on »The Extra-Territorial Spatial Imaginary of the 1979 Revolution in Iran« | International workshop »Reading the ‘1979 Moment’ in the Middle East« | Convened by Dr. Amir Moosavi (EUME Fellow of the VolkswagenStiftung/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 2016/17), part of the activities of Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME), a research program at the Forum Transregionale Studien, held in cooperation with »Figures of Thought | Turning Points. Cultural Practices and Social Change in the Arab World«, a research project at the University of Marburg’s Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS) | Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin, 15–16 June 2017.

31 May 2017          Youth Radicalization from the »War on Terror« to the »Arab Spring«: Some Reflections and Recommendations | EuroMeSCo Youth Forum »Youth to Youth: How to Tackle Radicalisation of Young People?« | In the framework of EuroMeSCO’s Annual Conference »Confronting Violent Extremism in the Euro-Mediterrranean« | Organized by EuroMeSCo (Euro–Mediterranean Study Commission) & IEMed (European Institute of the Mediterranean, Barcelona) | Institut d’Estudis Catalans, Barcelona.

4 Apr. 2017            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.

8 Oct. 2016            Chair »Iranian Foreign Policy in the Regional Context« | Panel H.3. at 23rd International Conference of the German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO), 6–8 Oct., University of Tübingen.

8 Oct. 2016            European Foreign Cultural and Educational Policy Towards an Authoritarian State: The Case of Germany and Iran after the Nuclear Deal | Panel G5 »Internal and External Influences on MENA States« | 23rd International Conference of the German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO), 6–8 Oct., University of Tübingen.

7 Oct. 2016            On the Inadequacy of the Neoliberal Paradigm in Iran: From the Green Movement to the Rohani Administration | Panel C1 »It’s the economy, isn’t it??«, organized by Dr. Sabine Hofmann (Freie Universität Berlin) & Dr. Marcus Loewe (German Development Institute) | 23rd International Conference of the German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO), 6–8 Oct., University of Tübingen.

4 Oct. 2016            Europe and her Neighbouring Region in Crises: Identifying Common Patterns in the Politics of Populism(s) | Panel I »Conceptualizing Populism in Europe and the Arab Countries« | Conference »A New Wave of Populism in Europe and the Arab World: Implications and Consequences for Civic Institutions« | Organized by the Arab–German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA), Leipzig (Germany), 3–5 Oct.

15 April 2016          Regional Security Architecture: Concepts, Initiatives and Realization Potentials | EuroMeSCo 2016 Annual Conference »Towards a Security Architecture for the Mediterranean: A Challenge for Euro–Mediterranean Relations« | Working Session 1: »Hard Security Challenges in the Euro–Med Region«, chaired by Prof. Sven Biscop (Director of Europe in the World Programme, EGMONT); discussants: Dr. Oded Eran (Senio Research Fellow & fmr. Director, The Institute for National Security Studies [INSS], Tel Aviv) & Dr. Mattia Toaldo (Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations [ECFR]) | Organized by EuroMeSCo (Euro–Mediterranean Study Commission), IEMed (European Institute of the Mediterranean, Barcelona) and EGMONT (The Royal Institute for International Relations, Brussels), Brussels, 13–15 April 2016. [For documentation, see Report of the EuroMeSCo Annual Conference 2016, pp. 17–18.]

Feb./Mar. 2016      Geopolitics and Regional Hegemony (full-day seminar, 29 Feb.) & The Middle East at a Crossroads (closing lecture, 4 March) | IAPSS Winter School 2016 »The Middle East at a Crossroads« | Organized by the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) in collaboration with the Cadi Ayyad University of Marrakech & the Takamul Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies and Research, Marrakech | 26 Feb. – 5 Mar., Marrakech.

26 Oct. 2015          On the Inadequacy of the Neoliberal Paradigm in Iran: From the Green Movement to the Rohani Administration | Conference »Economic Policies for Social Justice in the Arab World« | Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) Tunisia | 26–27 October, Tunis.

25 Sep. 2015          Rethinking Middle Eastern Studies Post-Arab Revolts: An Overview | 22nd International Conference of the German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO) & 1st Section Conference of the Islamic Studies Section of the German Oriental Society (DMG) | Joint International Conference »The Middle East and the Islamic World in the Mirror of Humanities and Social Sciences« | Organized by DAVO & DMG Islamic Studies Section | Ruhr University Bochum, 24–26 Sep.

27 Nov. 2014         Rethinking »Middle Eastern Studies«: Analytical and Conceptual Queries and Propositions | 4th »Crossroads Asia« Conference: »Crossroads Studies: Mobilities, Immobilities and the Issue of Positionality for Rethinking Area Studies« | Organized by the research network »Crossroads Asia: Conflict, Migration, Development«, Center for Development Research (ZEF, Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung), University of Bonn | 27–28 Nov., Bonn (Germany).

27 Sep. 2014          Iran’s Civil Society Grappling with Triangular Dynamics: Effects of External Impacts on the Evolution of State–Society Relations in Strategically Important Countries | Panel: »Political Development in Iran« | 21st International DAVO Congress of Contemporary Research on the Middle East | Organized by the German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation (DAVO) | Hosted by the Department of Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian Studies (Institute of Oriental Studies), University of Cologne | 25–27 Sep., Cologne (Germany).

26 Sep. 2014          The Arab Revolts and Iran’s Green Movement: A Comparative Analysis | Panel: »Middle East Conflicts: Background and Chances for Solutions (Part IV)« | 21st International DAVO Congress of Contemporary Research on the Middle East | Organized by the German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation (DAVO) | Hosted by the Department of Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian Studies (Institute of Oriental Studies), University of Cologne | 25–27 Sep., Cologne (Germany).

5 Sep. 2014            Geo-Economic Foreign Policy? Comparing Iran’s and Turkey’s Strategies | »Geoeconomics as Foreign Policy Strategy: Comparing Regional Powers« Workshop | Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), Helsinki, 5 Sep.

25–28 Aug. ’14       Merely a Charm Offensive? The Foreign-Policy School of Thought behind Iran’s New Foreign Policy – With a Special Emphasis on the GCC | Panel »Iran and the GCC: Prospects for Change?«, organized by Dr. Paul Aarts (University of Amsterdam) & Dr. Luciano Zaccara (Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service in Qatar) | 2014 Gulf Research Meeting (GRM), Gulf Research Centre Cambridge (GRCC) University of Cambridge, UK, 25–28 Aug.

30 May 2014          Iran’s Green Movement: A Critical Account | Conference »The Protest Movements in the Contemporary Middle East«, Session »Elections in the Wake of the Protest Movements: Towards a Redefinition of State–Society Relations?«, Panel »The Limited Role of the Elections as a Protest Tool« | Organized under the auspices of the Oriental Institute at the Czech Academy of Sciences, and Centre français de recherche en sciences sociales (CEFRES) in Prague, with the support of Groupe de recherches et d’études sur la Méditerranée et le Moyen-Orient (GREMMO, Lyon) and Cercle des Chercheurs sur le Moyen-Orient (CCMO) | Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, 29–30 May, Prague.

23 Sep. 2013          Irans Zivilgesellschaft ringt mit Dreiecksdynamiken: Auswirkungen externer Einflüsse auf die Entwicklung vom Staat-Gesellschafts-Verhältnis in geostrategisch wichtigen Ländern [Iran’s civil society grappling with triangular dynamics: Consequences of external impacts on the development of state–society relations in strategically important countries] | 32nd German Oriental Studies Conference, University of Münster, 23–27 Sep.

23 Sep. 2013          Geopolitische Auswirkungen der Arabischen Revolten und die Islamische Republik Iran: Jenseits offizieller westlicher und iranischer Lesarten [Geopolitical repercussions of the Arab Revolts: Beyond official Western and Iranian readings] | Panel: Die Arabischen Revolten und der geopolitische Wandel in der WANA-Region [The Arab Revolts and geopolitical transformation in the WANA (West Asia / North Africa) region] | 32nd German Oriental Studies Conference, University of Münster, 23–27 September 2013.

3 June 2013           Les raisons politiques des sanctions [The political reasons of (Iran) sanctions] | International conference: Les sanctions relatives à la non-prolifération nucléaire : Evaluation et appréciation des exigences et des conséquences [Sanctions concerning nuclear non-proliferation: Evaluation and appraisal of requirements and of consequences] | Organized by the Paris Academy of Geopolitics (Académie de Géopolitique de Paris) | Palais du Luxembourg (Senate of the French Republic), 3 June.

18 July 2012         A Conference for Security and Cooperation in the Middle East: Chances and Challenges in the Wake of the »Arab Spring« | 2012 Gulf Studies Conference: An interdisciplinary conference on the Gulf region (Arabia, Iran, Iraq), past and present | Panel: Geopolitical Challenges of the Gulf States in the Era of »Arab Revolutions« | Centre for Gulf Studies, University of Exeter, 16–20 July.

28 March 2012      Salient Sanctions and Regime Resilience: The Case of Iran | Panel: “The Crisis of Legitimacy: Transformations in Governance and Civil Society in the Contemporary Islamic Republic of Iran” | British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) Annual Conference 2012 “Revolution and Revolt: Understanding the Forms and Causes of Change” – in association with the European Association for Middle Eastern Studies (EURAMES) and the Asian Federation of Middle East Associations (AFMA) | London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, 26–28 March.

10 Dec. 2011           A Conference for Security and Cooperation in the Middle East: Chances and Challenges in the Wake of the »Arab Spring« | Symposium on European Union, Turkey, Central Asia, Middle East and Africa | Organized by Bosphorus Research Center (BRC) | School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, 10 Dec.

25 Oct. 2011           Speaking on the panel “The Role of Israel and Iran in the Potential Success of the 2012 Conference” | Workshop: “Towards the 2012 Conference on a Nuclear- and WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East” on the sidelines of the “6th SOAS/British Pugwash London Conference on a Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone” | School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, 25–26 Oct.

7 Oct. 2011             The United States’ Policy towards Iran under Obama: Why the Lack of »Change« was Not Surprising | Panel: »The International Conflict Surrounding Iran: The United States, the Nuclear Issue and Beyond« [chaired by myself] | 18th International Congress of DAVO (German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation) | Free University of Berlin, 6–8 Oct.

7 Oct. 2011             Targeted or Crippling? The Iran Sanctions Regime and its Effects on Broader Economic Development | Panel: »Iran and its Economic Challenges« [organized & chaired by myself] | 18th International Congress of DAVO (German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation) | Free University of Berlin, 6–8 Oct.

29 June 2011        Targeted or Crippling? The Iran Sanctions Regime and its Multifaceted Repercussions | Panel: »Issues in Contemporary Iranian Politics« | British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) Annual Conference 2011 »The Middle East: Aspirations and Challenges« – in association with the European Association for Middle Eastern Studies (EURAMES) and the Asian Federation of Middle East Associations (AFMA) | Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, 27–29 June.

28 June 2011          Iranian–Arab Relations and the U.S.–Iran Conflict Since 2003: Impacts and Prospects | Panel: »Beyond the Challenges of the Discourse of ›New Emerging Regional Power‹: Iran and the Arab World« | British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) Annual Conference 2011 »The Middle East: Aspirations and Challenges« – in association with the European Association for Middle Eastern Studies (EURAMES) & the Asian Federation of Middle East Associations (AFMA) | Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, 27–29 June.

8 May 2011            Ambivalent Episodes in Iran’s Post-»9/11« Foreign Policy | LMEI Middle East PhD Students Conference »State, Society and Economy in the Modern Middle East« | London Middle East Institute (LMEI), School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), U of London, 7–8 May.

12 March 2011        Academia and Activism in Germany | 2011 SOAS Research Student Conference »The Relation between Activism and Academia« | SOAS, University of London, 12 March.

26 Feb. 2011           The Effects of Iran Sanctions in the Field of Energy | SOAS 2011 Postgraduate Symposium on Central Asia, the Caucasus and Eurasia | SOAS, University of London, 26 Feb.

10 Dec. 2010          Der Konflikt um Iran und das Völkerrecht [The conflict around Iran and international law]| Panel: »Das Völkerrecht, der UNO-Sicherheitsrat und die Entwicklungen im Nahen und Mittleren Osten (Afghanistan, der Irak und der Iran)« [International law, the UN Security Council and developments in the Middle East (Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran] | 3. außenpolitische Konferenz der Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung: Die UNO und das Völkerrecht in den internationalen Beziehungen der Gegenwart [3rd Foreign-policy conference of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation: The UN and international law in today’s international relations] | Berlin, 10–11 Dec.

21 Sep. 2010           The Iran Sanctions Regimes: Politico-Economic and Conflict-Sensitive Ramifications | Panel: Economies of War and Destruction: Political Conflict and its Economic and Social Repercussions in the MENA Region (Pt. 2)  [organized by the DAVO Working Group »Economics of the MENA Region«] | 31st German Oriental Studies Conference & 17th Int’l Congress of DAVO (German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation) | University of Marburg, 20–24 Sep.

20 Sep. 2010          The Iran Conflict in the Obama Era: Strategic Considerations | 31st German Oriental Studies Conference & 17th Int’l Congress of DAVO (German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation) | University of Marburg, 20–24 Sep.

20 July 2010           & Miriam Shabafrouz The Geo-Economic Dynamics of Iran Sanctions in a Multipolar World | Panel: Iran and Foreign Policies | World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) – Barcelona (Spain), 19–24 July.

9 Oct. 2009           Iran als »Indispensable Nation« im Westasien der Post-Irak-Invasion [Iran as »indispensable nation« in the Western Asia of the Post-Iraq Invasion] | Panel: Der Nahe Osten nach dem Sturz Saddam Husseins [The Middle East after the fall of Saddam Hussein] | 16th Int’l Congress of DAVO (German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation) | University of Bonn, 8–10 Oct.

9 Oct. 2009           Explanatory Models for Understanding Iranian Foreign Policy | Panel: Iran and the World: The Foreign Policy of the Islamic Republic and the Domestic Factors Influencing it (I) | 16th Int’l Congress of DAVO | University of Bonn, 8–10 Oct.

5 June 2009          The »Middle East«: From Past and Present Attributions to a Future Regional Identity? | 1st Research Students Society Conference: Regional Studies and Critical Perspectives on Regions | School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, 5–6 June.

7 June 2008          Die US-»Grand Strategy« von Pakistan bis Iran [U.S. »grand strategy« from Pakistan to Iran] | Panel: Die historische Entwicklung der Konflikte in und um Afghanistan | Internationaler Afghanistan-Kongress [International Afghanistan Congress] | Hanover (Germany), 7–8 June.

19 Jan. 2008           Der »Krieg gegen den Terror«: Geheimdienste und Terrorismus im Nahen und Mittleren Osten [The »War on Terror«: Intelligence Services and Terrorism in the Middle East] | Netzwerk Terrorismusforschung: 2nd Workshop | University of Kassel (Germany), 18−19 Jan.

14 Sep. 2007          Iran in the Eye of Storm: Origins, Course, and Implications of a Global Crisis | Plenum 3A »Globalisierung des Kriegs / Krieg um Ressourcen« [Globalization of war / War for resources] | 25th Congress of the Swiss Sociological Association on the topic of »War« | University of Basel (Switzerland), 12−14 Sep.

30 June 2007        Über die Notwendigkeit einer partizipativen Demokratie [On the necessity of participatory democracy] | Panel 4: »Wege zur Integration von Migranten«, Conference on »Migration steuern oder verwalten? Deutschland im internationalen Vergleich« [Steering or administering migration? Germany in international comparison] | Research groups on migration of the Graduate School of Politics (GraSP) at the Institute for Political Science (IfPol) and DFG (German Research Foundation) research training group »Zivilgesellschaftliche Verständigungsprozesse« [Processes of dialogue in civil society]  at the Center for Netherlands Studies | University of Münster (Germany), 29−30 June.