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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

13 July 2016       Aufhebung der Sanktionen gegen den Iran: Eine Stunde Null? | Panel with Reiner Jahn (Vice-President, Deutsch-Iranische Handelskammer) & tba (economic attaché, U.S. Embassy in Berlin) | JDGAP (The Young DGAP, the young network of the German Council on Foreign Relations) Forum NRW/Köln, North Rhine-Westphalia regional group | Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK Köln) | 18h15, Cologne.

29/6–1/7 2016   Panel »Strategien und Führungsprinzipien der IRI (Gewinner und Verlierer der Nuklear-Vereinbarung im Iran und der internationalen Bühne/Best Case–Worst Case) – Grundlegende Lehren der Iran-Außenpolitik und deren Beziehungen mit P5+1« & Panel »IRI-Türkei und EU-Beziehungen« | Deutsch-Türkischer Sicherheitspolitischer Dialog 2016: Die Rückkehr des Kalten Krieges – Neue Ära von Stellvertreterkriegen? & Iran Case | Organized by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Turkey Office & Bașkent University | Ankara, 28 June – 1 July.

28 June 2016     Academic Cooperation in Times of Political Conflict: Challenges, Experiences, and Solutions for Higher Education Institutions | Panel with MinR Peter Hassenbach (Director, Unit »International Exchanges in Higher Education, Internationalization«, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF), Prof. Anna Holzscheiter (Center for Transnational Studies, Foreign and Security Policy, Freie Universität Berlin) & Tobias Stüdemann (Director, Freie Universität Berlin Moscow Office); chaired by Dr. Florian Kohstall (Director, Freie Universität Berlin Cairo Office) | International Week 2016 at Freie Universität Berlin, 27/06–01/07.

22 June 2016     Europa und seine Nachbarregion in der Krise: »Krieg gegen den Terror«, »Arabischer Frühling« und der Aufstieg des Rechtspopulismus [Europe and her neighbouring region in crises: The »War on Terror«, the »Arab Spring« and the rise of right-wing populism | Lecture series organized by the Refugee Law Clinic Berlin (RLC) | Faculty of Law, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

10 June 2016     Eine Kritik der Iran-Analysen seit der Amtsübernahme von Präsident Rohani | Chaired by Christian Hanelt (Senior Expert, Program Europe’s Future, Bertelsmann-Stiftung) | »Tawila« German Mideast experts lecture series (organized by Dr. Carsten Wieland) | Berlin.

4 June 2016       Chairing Panel I »The Politics and Foreign Relations of Iran« ft. Prof. Shaul Bakhash (Robinson Professor of History, George Mason University), Prof. Haleh Esfandiari (Public Policy Fellow & former and founding Director of the Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC) & Prof. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam (University of Oslo & co-founder and spokesperson, Iran Human Rights, Norway) | Experts’ conference »The Middle East: World Crisis?«, organized by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGPA) & The New York Review of Books Foundation, supported by the Dan David Prize (Tel Aviv), The Fritt Ord Foundation (Oslo) & ZEIT-Stiftung, (Hamburg) | 4–5 June, DGAP, Berlin.

12 May 2016      Ursachen und Perspektiven der gegenwärtigen Fluchtbewegungen aus Westasien und Nordafrika [Causes and prospects of the current migration flows from West Asia and North Africa] | Start with a friend refugee aid initiative, Berlin.

4 May 2016       Comprehensive Comments on presentations in the sessions »Tackling the Roots of the Saudi–Iranian Rivalry to Make a Sub-Region Free of WMD/DVs Possible« (chaired by Dr. Oliver Meier, Deputy Head, International Security Research Division, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin) & »Assessing the Policy of Regional Supremacy Amidst Pronounced Mistrust and Lacking Diplomatic Clout: Concrete Measures for Reducing Saudi–Iranian Rivalry« (chaired by H.E. Amb. Jaakko Laajava, Honorary Diplomat Research Fellow, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt) | Academic Peace Orchestra Middle East »Creating New Momentum for Nonproliferation and Disarmament in the Middle East/Gulf after the Failed 2015 NPT Review Conference« | Organized by the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) | Sponsored by Germany’s Federal Foreign Office; Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs; the German Foundation for Peace Research (DSF) & the Zentrum Oekumene of the Protestant Church in Hesse and Nassau (EKHAN) | Leibniz Association, Berlin, 3–4 May.

7 April 2016      Freund oder Feind? Saudi-Arabien, Iran und die Politik des Westens [Friend or foe? Saudi Arabia, Iran and Western policy] | Professional training (Fortbildung) seminar on »Aktuelle politische Themen im Unterricht« | Organized by Akademie für Politische Bildung (Scholarship – Education – Public Services) Tutzing & Akademie für Lehrerfortbildung und Personalführung Dillingen | 6–8 April, Tutzing (Starnberger See).

16 March 2016   Chairing FES Expert Discussion »Demystifying U.S. Sanctions: Iran and the JCPOA« with Richard Nephew (non-resident senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Program, and affiliated with the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Brookings Institution; research scholar & program director, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University, NYC | Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES), Berlin.

13 March 2016   Foreign Policy under Rohani | Expert workshop under Chatham House Rule »Understanding Iran’s Internal Dynamics and External Behavior« | Organized by Chatham House Middle East and North Africa Programme & Qatar University’s Center for Gulf Studies | Qatar University, Doha, 13–14 March 2016.

9 March 2016    Der Iran zurück auf die Weltbühne? [Iran back on the world stage?] | Panel 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). [Documentation]

25 Feb. 2016     Nach dem Atomdeal: Was die iranisch-saudische Rivalität für Europa bedeutet [After the nuclear deal: What the Iranian–Saudi rivalry means for Europe] | »Expert conversation« with Dr. Cornelius Adebahr (Associate, Europe Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, DC & Associate Fellow, Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies, DGAP) & Loay Mudhoon, editor-in-chief, Qantara.de: Dialogue with the Islamic World; chaired by Dr. Jana Puglierin (Head of Program, Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies, DGAP) | German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Berlin, 17h.

22 Feb. 2016     Iran – Das Comeback des Jahrzehnts? [Iran – the comeback of the decade?] | Talk followed by panel discussion with Norbert Eisenmenger (President, Deutsch-Iranische Handelskammer), Prof. em. Jakob Rösel (Professor of International Politics and Development Cooperation, Institute of Political and Administrative Sciences & Head of Department, International Politics, HIE-RO [Hanseatic Institute for Entrepreneurship and Regional Development] Institute, University of Rostock), Mohammad Farokhmanesh (film-maker & producer, Diwan – Deutsch-Iranische Begegnungen Hamburg); chaired by Dr. Ludmila Lutz-Auras (Institute of Political and Administrative Sciences, University of Rostock) | Organized by Friedrich- Ebert-Stiftung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern | Rostock (Germany).

9 Feb. 2016       Iran: Part of the Problem, Part of the Solution – or Both? | Panel with Meir Javedanfar (Interdisciplinary Center [IDC] in Herzliya, Israel) & Ali Alfoneh (Senior Fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, Washington, DC) for DGAP members, chaired by Dr. Sylke Tempel (editor-in-chief, Internationale Politik [IP] & Berlin Policy Journal) | DGAP members-only event | German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Berlin. [Dokumentation im DGAP-Jahresbericht 2015/2016, Mai 2016, S. 18.]

23 Jan. 2016      Kollateralschäden von Iran-Sanktionen? Auswirkungen auf die Lösung von Konflikten, auf Politik und Gesellschaft [Collateral damage of Iran sanctions? Ramifications on the resolution of conlicts, on politics and society] | Friedenspolitische Tagung zur Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz 2016 »Wen treffen Sanktionen?« | Organized by Petra-Kelly-Stiftung in collaboration with Evangelische Stadtakademie München, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedenspädagogik (AGFP), chairs from LMU Munich (LMU, Prof. Bernhard Zangl, Gobal Governance & Public Policy), Universität der Bundeswehr Munich (Prof. Stefan Stetter, Global Politics & Conflict Studies) and Augsburg University (Prof. Christoph Weller, Peace & Conflict Studies) | 11–17h, Evangelische Stadtakademie München, Munich. [Documentation published by Petra-Kelly-Stiftung, republished by the German Council on Foreign Relations.]

19 Jan. 2016       Islam(ization), the »Global War on Terror« and Violence: Imperial Geopolitics and the »Clash of Barbarisms/Fundamentalisms« | Guest lecture, post-graduate course on »Islam, Islamism, Post-Islamism, and the Question of Political Violence«, convened by Prof. Mohammad M. Mojahedi (Visiting Professor of Comparative Political Theory) | Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics, Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science (OSI), Freie Universität (FU) Berlin.

15 Jan. 2016       »Krieg gegen den Terror«, »Islamischer Staat« und Flüchtlingskrise: Kommt der Terror nun zu uns? | Urspring Boarding School, Schelkingen (Baden-Württemberg, Germany).

14 Jan. 2016       »Krieg gegen den Terror«, »Islamischer Staat« und Flüchtlingskrise: Kommt der Terror nun zu uns? [»War on terror«, the »Islamic State« and the refugee crisis: Is the terror haunting us?] | Organized by Initiative Globale Gleichheit & Rosa-Luxembur­g-Forum für Bildung und Analyse in Baden-­Württemb­erg | Heilbronn (Germany).

17 Dec. 2015      Ende der Wirtschaftssanktionen gegen Iran? Chancen und Risiken [The end of economic sanctions against Iran? Opportunities and risks] | »Halberger Gespräche«, organized by saar.is – saarland.innovation&standort, supported & funded by the Land government of Saarland, esp. by the Ministry of Economics, Labour, Energy and Transport | Saarbrücken (Germany).

5 Dec. 2015       Prospects of Cooperation in Iran after the Nuclear Deal: Which Opportunities in the Cultural Sector Arise for the Rapprochement between the Iranian and German Civil Societies? | ifa CrossCulture Internships Iran Alumni Meeting: »Professional Perspectives in Iran: Reinforcement of the Cooperation between Iran and Germany« | Organized by the Institute for International Cultural Relations (ifa) | GLS Language School Berlin, 4–5 Dec.

21 Nov. 2015     Die US-Perspektive auf den »Atomdeal«: Obamas Iranpolitik – diplomatischer Durchbruch und im nationalen Interesse Amerikas? [The U.S. perspective on the »nuclear deal«: Obama’s Iran policy – diplomatic breakthrough and in America’s national interest?] | Seminar »Irak und Iran heute: Entwicklungen und Perspektiven im Lichte von
IS-Bedrohung und Atomvereinbarung« [Iraq and Iran today: Developments and perspectives in the face of the IS threat and the nuclear deal] | »Bonner Nah- und Mittelost-Seminar« | Organized by Heinz-Kühn-Bildungswerk & Cologne Forum for International Relations and Security Policy (KFIBS, Kölner Forum für Internationale Beziehungen und Sicherheitspolitik) | Haus Venusberg, Bonn, 20–21 Nov.

3 Nov. 2015      Making a Comeback – Struggle Over 80 Million Customers Underway | Panel discussion with Ing. Radomil Doležal, MBA, (CEO, CzechTrade/Czech Trade Promotion Agency, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic) & Ing. Jan Procházka (EGAP, Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation, owned by the Czech state [the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ministry of Agriculture]) | Vencovského Auditorium, University of Economics, »Export Evenings 2015«, University of Economics, 16h15 – 18h15, Prague.

2 Nov. 2015      Iran and the Persian Gulf: Challenges and Opportunites of Iran’s Return to the Scene | Panel with Tibor Bokor (Arqaam Capital), »Investment Evenings 2015«, University of Economics, 18h, Prague.

22 Oct. 2015     Discussant of a talk by Süleyman Bağ (editor-in-chief & columnist of Deutsch-Türkisches Journal [DTJ Online] & columnist, Zaman daily) on »Der türkische Wahlmarathon und seine Auswirkungen auf die regionale Sicherheitspolitik« [Turkey’s electoral marathon and its consequences for regional security policy] | 3rd »Politischer Salon« of the KFIBS city forum Berlin, Cologne Forum for International Relations and Security Policy (KFIBS, Kölner Forum für Internationale Beziehungen und Sicherheitspolitik) | Aspettando Filippo, Berlin.

7 Oct. 2015       Atomabkommen mit Iran: Eine Chance für Frieden im Mittleren Osten? [Nuclear deal with Iran: A chance for Middle East peace?] | Organized by Heidelberger Forum gegen Militarismus und Krieg & Bunte Linke Heidelberg, supported by DKP Heidelberg & Deutscher Freidenker-Verband Heidelberg | 19h30, Forum am Park, Heidelberg.

5 Oct. 2015       Iran, USA, EU und das Atom-Abkommen [Iran, the U.S., the EU and the nuclear deal] | Organized by attac Rüsselsheim, DGB Rüsselsheim & NaturFreunde Rüsselsheim | Rüsselsheim/Main (Germany).

28 Sep. 2015     Iran–Saudi Relations after the Nuclear Deal: Dynamics and Prospects | Input for Panel III »A Newly Found Assertiveness: The Kingdom’s Changing Foreign Policy« | Invitation-only expert conerence »The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Sharing Insights on Europe’s Key Partner in the Middle East« | Organized by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) Regional Office Gulf States | KAS Conference Centre »Villa La Collina«, Lago Di Como, Cadenabbia, Italy, 27–30 Sep.

12 March 2015   Comments on »Any ›Plan B‹: What if the Helsinki Conferences Succeeds/Does Not Take Place?« | 8th Session »Moving Forward (IV) – Towards the 2015 NPT Review Conference: Positions, Policies, and Perspectives« | Academic Peace Orchestra Middle East, 13th Performance, Chamber Orchestra Unit 28, »Tackling the Middle East WMD/DVs Arsenals in the Context of Military Asymmetries Towards Zonal Disarmament: Fulfilling the Mandate of the Helsinki Conference in View of the 2015 NPT Review Conference« | Organized by the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) | Supported by Germany’s Federal Foreign Office & Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) | Federal Foreign Office, Berlin.

11 March 2015    Reducing Saudi–Iranian Rivalry: Prospects for Concrete Cooperative Security | 5th Session »Moving Forward (II) – Developing Integrative Approaches« | Academic Peace Orchestra Middle East, 13th Performance, Chamber Orchestra Unit 28, »Tackling the Middle East WMD/DVs Arsenals in the Context of Military Asymmetries Towards Zonal Disarmament: Fulfilling the Mandate of the Helsinki Conference in View of the 2015 NPT Review Conference« | Organized by the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) | Supported by Germany’s Federal Foreign Office & Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) | Federal Foreign Office, Berlin.

14 Dec. 2014      The New Iranian Foreign-Policy School of Thought and Implications for Germany and Europe | Panel III »New Iranian Foreign Policy: What Does it Mean for Germany?«, Co-Panelists: Amb. Mohammad Farazmand (Director General for Persian Gulf Affairs, MFA), Dr. Nasser Hadian (University of Tehran) & Prof. em. Hajo Funke (FU Berlin) | Conference »German Foreign Policy in Need for Change? The New Role for Iran in the Middle East« | Organized by the Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) of Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) & the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES, Germany) | IPIS, Tehran.

5 July 2014        Directing Workshop III on »Wandel durch Handel? Wirtschaftspolitische Entwicklungen in der Islamischen Republik Iran« [Change through trade? Economic-policy developments in the Islamic Republic of Iran] | Seminar »Der Iran unter Präsident Hassan Rohani: Zwischen Stabilisierung des Regimes, außenpolitischer Öffnung und der Hoffnung auf wirtschaftliche Erneuerung« [Iran under President Hassan Rohani: Between Regime Stabilization, Foreign-Policy Opening and the Hope for Economic Renewal | Organized by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) & Cologne Forum for International Relations and Security Policy (KFIBS, Kölner Forum für Internationale Beziehungen und Sicherheitspolitik), in cooperation with the German Orient Institute (DOI, Deutsches Orient-Institut) | Bochum (Germany), 4–5 July.

19 March 2014   Arabische Revolten: Hintergründe, Auswirkungen, Ausblick [The Arab Revolts: Backgrounds, Ramifications, Outlook | Organized by: Essener Friedens-Forum (EFF) & Volkshochschule (VHS) Essen | Essen, Germany.

27 Feb. 2014     Eine neue Ära für Iran? Chancen und Herausforderungen für die Außen- und Innenpolitik [A new era for Iran? Opportunities and challenges for foreign and domestic politics] | »Universitätsgespräche«, Deutsch-Iranischer Freundschaftsverein (DIFV) | Humboldt University of Berlin.

10 Oct. 2013      Die internationale Debatte um das iranische Nuklearprogramm zwischen ziviler und militärischer Konfliktbearbeitung [The International debate on the Iranian nuclear program between civilian and military conflict management] | 4. Hafis-Dialog Weimar »Krieg und Frieden: Erinnerungskulturen und der Abbau von Feindbildern in Deutschland und im Iran« [4th Hafez Dialogue Weimar: »War and Peace: Commemorative Cultures and the Dismantling of Foe Images in Germany and Iran«] | Panel discussion with: Ali Fathollah-Nejad & Dr. Jaleh Lackner-Gohari (Vienna) & Nina Ansari (artist, Berlin) & Dr. Babak Khalatbari (political scientist, Berlin) & Dr. Fariborz Saremi (political scientist, Hamburg) & Dr. Armin Triebel (University of Potsdam, Germany) & Dr. Mirko Wittwar (literary scholar) | Organized by: Konrad Adenauer Foundation | mon ami, Weimar (Germany).

28 Feb. 2013     Sanktionen – Mit Risiken und Nebenwirkungen: Dynamiken und Auswirkungen der Embargos im Iran und im Irak [Sanctions – with risks and side effects: Dynamics and effects of the embargoes in Iran and Iraq] | Panel discussion with: Ali Fathollah-Nejad & Dr.h.c. Hans von Sponeck (fmr. UN Assistant Secretary-General & UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq) | Chaired by: Prof. Udo Steinbach (Director, Governance Center Middle East | North Africa, Humboldt–Viadrina School of Governance, Berlin) | Welcoming address by: Matthias Jochheim (Chairman, IPPNW Germany) | Organized by: IPPNW (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War) Germany & Governance Center Middle East | North Africa, Humboldt–Viadrina School of Governance, Berlin | Berlin, Germany.

26 Nov.2012      Feindbild Iran: Krieg oder Frieden? | Organized by Friedensinitiative Backnang; Politischer Arbeitskreis, club junges europa (cje) Backnang e.V.; Naturfreunde Backnang | Arbeiterwohlfahrt Backnang | Backnang (near Stuttgart), Germany.

27 Oct. 2012     Die Arabischen Revolten: Interpretationsmuster, Dilemmata und Herausforderungen [The Arab Revolts: Interpretative patterns, dilemmas and challenges] | cluster meeting of the political science and sociology sections of the Hans Böckler Foundation on the subject of the Arab Spring, Berlin, 26–28 Oct.

11 Oct. 2012       Discussant of the talk by Prof. Barry Buzan (LSE) on »The Decentralized World in the 21st Century« | Panel: »After Bipolarity: Power Shifts in the 21st Century« | 5th Foreign Policy Conference of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in cooperation with the foreign policy journal WeltTrends, »Hegemony and Multipolarity: World Orders in the 21st Century« | University of Potsdam, 11–12 Oct.

2 June 2012       Wohin führen Sanktionen und Kriegsdrohungen gegen den Iran? [Where do sanctions and war threats against Iran lead to?] | Venedey Forum 2012 »Zündeln an der Tankstelle: Kriege und Völkerrecht« [Playing with fire at the gas station: Wars and international law] | Friedenskoordination Berlin (FRIKO), Berlin.

9 May 2012       Der Konflikt zwischen dem Iran und dem Westen: Hintergründe und Perspektiven [The Conflict between Iran and the West: Backgrounds and Perpectives] | Studium Generale Lecture Series: »Die Entwicklungen in der islamischen Welt und die Rolle des Westens« [Developments in the Islamic World and the Role of the West] | Business and Information Technology School (BiTS), Iserlohn (Germany).

30 April 2012    Droht ein Krieg des Westens gegen den Iran? Was Deutschland und Europa für eine Deeskalation der angespannten Lage tun können | Discussant: Dr. Rolf Mützenich (German MP), Foreign Policy Spokesman of the Parliamentary Group of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Co-Chair of the German–Iranian MP Group of the German Bundestag, Chair of the Socialist International (SI) Committee on Disarmament | Moderated by Peter Philipp (journalist, fmr. Chief Correspondent for DW-Radio/DW-World.de) | Organized by the Cologne Forum for International Relations and Security Policy (KFIBS, Kölner Forum für Internationale Beziehungen und Sicherheitspolitik) | Chaired by Sepideh Parsa (KFIBS) | Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies (IOA), University of Bonn.

23 April 2012    Iran, Israel und der Westen: Gibt es einen Ausweg aus der Bedrohungsspirale? (Iran, Israel and the West: Is There a Way Out of the Crisis?) | Panel discussion with Hillel Schenker (Co-Editor, Palestine–Israel Journal of Politics, Economics and Culture) | Organized by the German section of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) & the Friedrich Ebert Foundation | Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Berlin.

23 April 2012    Iran, Israel und der Westen: Gibt es einen Ausweg aus der Bedrohungsspirale? (Iran, Israel and the West: Is There a Way Out of the Crisis?) | Press Conference with Hillel Schenker (Co-Editor, Palestine–Israel Journal of Politics, Economics and Culture) & Dr. Jens Wagner (board member of IPPNW Germany) | Organized by the German section of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) | Office of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA), Berlin.

22 April 2012    Der Iran-Atomkonflikt: Gibt es einen Weg aus der Bedrohungsspirale? [The Iran Nuclear Conflict: Is There Way Out of the Spiral of Threats?] | Public symposium with Hillel Schenker (Co-Editor, Palestine–Israel Journal of Politics, Economics and Culture) & Prof. Udo Steinbach (former Director, German Orient Institute [renamed as: German Institute of Global and Area Studies GIGA], 1976–2006) | Annual meeting of the German section of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), Braunschweig (Germany).

9 March 2012    Drohungen – Sanktionen – Krieg: Eskalationsstrategie gegen den Iran [Threats – Sanctions – War: Escalation Strategy against Iran | Podium discussion with Kuros Yalpani (Webmaster, politube.org) | Organized by Münchner Bündnis gegen Krieg und Rassismus, EineWeltHaus, Munich (Germany).

8 March 2012    Iran im Auge des Orkans [Iran in the Eye of Storm] | Podium discussion with Kuros Yalpani (Webmaster, politube.org), Moderator: Thomas Pany (Editor, Telepolis) | Import Export, Munich (Germany).

6 March 2012    10 Jahre Iran-Konflikt: Gibt es noch Hoffnung auf eine friedliche Lösung? [The Iran Conflict 10 Years On: Is There Still Hope for a Peaceful Resolution?] | Organized by Deutsche Friedensgesellschaft – Vereinigte KriegsdienstgegnerInnen (DFG-VK), Forum für gesellschaftlichen Frieden in Karlsruhe (FgF), Friedensbündnis Karlsruhe, Internationales Begegnungszentrum (ibz) | ibz, Karlsruhe (Germany).

7 Dec. 2011       Interest-Driven Policy Versus Human Rights To Be Continued? A Review of and Lessons from Western Policy towards Northern Africa and Western Asia [Weiterhin Interessenpolitik versus Menschenrechte? Rückblick und Lehren aus der westlichen Politik gegenüber Nordafrika und Westasien] | Organized by the Iran working group (AK Iran) of the Amnesty International Campus Group Bonn | Dies Academicus, University of Bonn.

30 Nov. 2011     Der Iran-Atomkonflikt und Europa: Eine vermeidbare Krise und Lösungsaussichten [The Iran Nuclear Conflict and Europe: A Preventable Crisis and the Prospects for a Settlement] | Conference on »Iran – als mögliche Atommacht eine Gefahr für Europa?« [Iran – As a Potential Nuclear Power a Threat to Europe?] | Europäische Akademie Nordrhein-Westfalen in cooperation with the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung), Bonn (Germany), 27 Nov. – 2 Dec.

30 Nov. 2011     Außenpolitische Zielsetzung Irans und Europa: Ein historischer Abriss [Iran’s Foreign-Policy Goals and Europe: A Historical Account] | Conference on »Iran – als mögliche Atommacht eine Gefahr für Europa?« [Iran – As a Potential Nuclear Power a Threat to Europe?] | Europäische Akademie Nordrhein-Westfalen in cooperation with the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung), Bonn (Germany), 27 Nov. – 2 Dec.

26 Nov. 2011     Iran und Israel: Auswirkungen der US-Iran-Krise und des »Arabischen Frühlings« [Iran and Israel: Consequences of the U.S.–Iran Crisis and of the »Arab Spring« | Israel und seine Nachbarn: Ressentiments – Feindschaften – Koalitionen [Israel and its neighbors] | DIE HEGGE – Christliches Bildungswerk | Willebadessen-Niesen (Germany), 25–27 Nov.

12 Nov. 2011      The Methodology of Citizens’ Panels and its Perspectives in Migration Matters  | Keynote Speech in Part 1 »Migration and Citizens’ Panels« | International Workshop »Improving the Situation of Immigrants – Citizens and Experts Debate«, concluding the project GOAL (Granting Opportunities of Active Learning), led by ALDA (Association of Local Democracy Agencies) | Bucharest, 12–13 Nov.

24 Oct. 2011      Chairing panel discussion on »The Road to Regional Security and Cooperation in the Middle East« with Ziad AbuZayyad (Co-Editor & Co-Publisher, Palestine–Israel Journal [PIJ] & Conference for Security and Cooperation in the Middle East [CSCME], Palestine), Hillel Schenker (Co-Editor, PIJ & CSCME, Israel), Gen. (rtd.) Mohammad K. Shiyyab (Founder & General Manager, Middle East Studies Center, Amman/Jordan), Prof. Mohssen Massarrat (CSCME, Germany/Iran) | 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, 24 Oct.

13 July 2011       Panel discussion on »The Challenge of Dealing With Iran« with Stephen Twigg MP (Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs & fmr. Director and currently Senior Research Associate, Foreign Policy Centre, London) & Mark Fitzpatrick (Director of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London | Organized by the Young Fabians Middle Eastern Programme | House of Commons, London.

17 April 2011      The End of the American Empire? The Arab Revolutionary Process and the Threat to U.S.-Led Western Hegemony | Panel on »Structures of Power and Strategies of Resistance in North Africa and West Asia«, Sunday of Resistance event, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

27 Jan. 2011       Sanktionen und Kriegsdrohungen gegen Iran: Facetten eines globalen Konfliktes [Sanctions and threats of war against Iran: Facets of a global conflict] | Organized by Münchner Bündnis gegen Krieg und Rassismus & Münchner Friedensbündnis | EineWeltHaus, Munich.

4 Dec. 2010       Friedens- und entwicklungspolitische Auswirkungen der Iran-Politik [Peace and developmental ramifications of the Iran policy] | 17th nationwide & international »Friedenspolitischer Ratschlag 2010« [Federal Committee Peace Counsel]: »Globaler Kampf um Rohstoffe, Wasser und Energie« [Global fight for resources, water and energy] | University of Kassel (Germany), 4–5 Dec.

30 June 2010     Iran und wir: Ein Blick hinter die Schlagzeilen [Iran and us: Taking a look behind the headlines] | LOGE | Essen (Germany).

25 June 2010     Iran im Visier: Sanktionen, Propaganda, Kriegsdrohungen [Targeting Iran: Sanctions, propaganda, threats of war] |  Organized by Heidelberg Forum gegen Militarismus und Krieg; DieLinke.SDS; Heidelberger Friedensratschlag; DIE LINKE HD-Rhein-Neckar; VVN/BdA Heidelberg (Vereinigung der Verfolgten des Naziregimes – Bund der Antifaschistinnen und Antifaschisten, Kreisvereinigung Heidelberg) | University of Heidelberg (Germany).

13 Apr. 2010      Iran – demokratische Reform oder Krieg? Die innen- und aussenpolitischen Zukunftsperspektiven Teherans [Iran – Democratic reform or war? Future perspective of Tehran’s domestic and foreign affairs] | Invited by & discussion with Andreas Zumach, Geneva-based UN correspondent & author | »Politik am Stehtisch«, Theater Winkelwiese, Zurich.

15 Feb. 2010      Iran in World Politics | Organized by Imperial College Union Political Philosophy Society (PPS) | Panel with Shirin Shafaie (PhD cand., SOAS) | Imperial College London.

3 Feb. 2010       What Lies Ahead? The Movement, Sanctions and the West | Organized by Campaign Iran | Panel with Prof. Ali Ansari (Director of the Institute for Iranian Studies, University of St. Andrews, Scotland & [then] Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House) and Lindsey German (Convenor of the Stop the War Coalition, UK) | Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, London.

13 Jan. 2010       Panel discussion on »Iran – Revolution 2.0? Die Bewegung gegen Ahmadinedschad und die Rolle der neuen Medien« [Iran – Revolution 2.0? The Movement Against Ahmadinejad and the Role of New Media] with Yalda Zarbakhch (media researcher), Sara Dehkordi (Network of Young Iranians in Berlin), Sam T. Fard (Journalist, taz), Rüdiger Göbel (deputy editor-in-chief, junge Welt daily, Berlin) | Organized by Helle Panke, LiMA (Linke Medienakademie) and Die Tageszeitung (taz) | tazcafé, Berlin.

5 Dec. 2009      Die Obama-Administration und der Iran-Konflikt in einer multipolaren Welt [The Obama administration and the Iran conflict in a multipolar world] | 16th nationwide & int’l »Friedenspolitischer Ratschlag 2009« [Federal Committee Peace Counsel]: Kapitalismus, Krise und Krieg [Capitalism, crisis and war] | University of Kassel (Germany), 5–6 Dec.

22 June 2009    Jenseits »kollektiver Konfusion«: Erklärungsmuster und Kontinuitäten iranischer Außenpolitik [Beyond »collective confusion«: Explanatory patterns and continuities of Iranian foreign policy] | Symposium on »Der Iran in der internationalen Politik: Internationale Krisen als Blockade regionaler Entwicklung« [Symposium: Iran in international politics: International crises as blockade for regional development] | Österreichische Orient-Gesellschaft Hammer-Purgstall in cooperation with Österreichischen Institut für Internationale Politik (OIIP, Austrian Institute for International Affairs) | Diplomatische Akademie Wien (Diplomatic Academy of Vienna / Vienna School of International Studies).

18 June 2009     Der Iran-Konflikt und die Rolle Europas [The Iran conflict and the role of Europe] | Organized by Visions d’Europe | University of Münster (Germany).

30 Apr. 2009     The West–Iran Conflict and the Centrality of International Law | Debate on »Iran: Diplomacy and the Rule of Law« with Douglas Murray (Director of the Centre for Social Cohesion, UK & author of Neoconservatism: Why We Need It [2006] | Organized by The Law and Justice Forum, College of Law The College of Law, London.

27 Apr. 2009     Obama and Iran | Panel discussion with Jon Snow (Channel 4 News journalist and presenter), Dr. Mehri Honarbin–Holliday (Canterbury Christ Church University & Campaign Iran leading member), John Rees (co-founder of the Stop the War Coalition), chaired by Baroness Prof. Haleh Afshar | Organized by Campaign Iran | School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

17 Mar. 2009     A European Idea for Euro–Iranian Relations | Conference on »Iran and Europe: Green Visions for the Future« | Organized by The Greens / European Free Alliance (EFA) | European Parliament, Brussels.

4 Feb. 2009      Obama and Iran: What Policy Recommendations the New U.S. President Has On Offer | Discussant: Dr. Elaheh Rostami-Povey (SOAS) | Organized by SOAS Persian Society | School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London.

6 Dec. 2008      Kriegsgefahr gebannt? Die neue US-Administration und der Iran [Danger of war averted? The new U.S. administration and Iran] | 15th nationwide & int‘l »Friedenspolitischer Ratschlag 2008« [Federal Committee Peace Counsel]: Die Welt nach Bush: Friedlicher? Gerechter? Ökologischer? [The world after Bush: More peaceful? More just? More ecological?] | University of Kassel (Germany), 6–7 Dec.

26 May 2008     Der Iran im Blickfang der Weltpolitik: Perspektiven von Krieg und Frieden in einer eskalierenden Situation [Iran in the eye of world politics: Perspectives on war and peace in an escalating situation] | Katholische Studierenden- und Hochschulgemeinde (KSHG) Münster | Münster (Germany).

16 April 2008    Das Atomprogramm des Iran: Propaganda und Wirklichkeit [Iran‘s nuclear program: Propaganda and reality] | Essener Friedens-Forum (EFF) | Essen (Germany).

10 April 2008    Zwischen Kriegsdrohungen und Sanktionen: Die westliche Politik gegenüber Iran [Between the threat of war and sanctions: The West’s policy vis-à-vis Iran] | Organized by Deutsche Friedensgesellschaft – Vereinigte KriegsdienstgegnerInnen (DFG–VK), Forum für gesellschaftlichen Frieden (FgF) in Karlsruhe, Friedensbündnis Karlsruhe | Karlsruhe (Germany).

3 March 2008    Droht mit einer Aggression der USA gegen den Iran der Dritte Weltkrieg? [Is the Third World War impending with a U.S. aggression against Iran?] | Organized by Linker Dialog Köln, Förderverein Kölner Friedensforum, Arbeitskreis Hiroshima-Nagasaki, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation North-Rhine-Westphalia | DGB-Haus, Cologne.

28 Feb. 2008     Iran im Fadenkreuz: Fragen zu Krieg und Frieden [Iran in the crosshairs: Questions on war and peace] | International Center, University of Münster (Germany).

4 Feb. 2008      The Iranian Science Community in the Crosshairs: An Action Against Whom? | CES Café | Centre for European Studies (CES), University of Twente (NL).

31 Aug. 2007     Die Iran-Krise [The Iran Crisis] | Evangelische Gemeinde zu Düren [Protestant Community of Düren] | Düren (Germany).

2 Oct. 2006       Konfliktherd Iran: Droht der Krieg? [Hot spot Iran: On the verge of war?] | Panel discussion with Senior Consistory Steinhäuser (Appointee of the Protestant Churches at the Parliament and Government of Saxony-Anhalt) | Organized by Magdeburger Bündnis 50 plus e.V. & Ökumenischer Friedensarbeitskreis | Magdeburg (Germany).

1 Sep. 2006       Iran, Libanon: Krisen und Kriege – Was sind die Alternativen? [Iran, Lebanon: Crises and wars – What alternatives?] | Anti-War Day event organized by ATTAC Rüsselsheim, DGB Rüsselsheim, Arbeit und Leben Starkenburg | Rüsselsheim (Germany).

31 Aug. 2006     Aktuelle Krisen im Nahen Osten [Current crises in the Middle East] | Organized by WASG (Wahlalternative Arbeit & Soziale Gerechtigkeit) Groß-Gerau | Groß-Gerau (Germany).

29 May 2006     Krieg im Iran? Hintergründe und Einblicke [War on Iran? Backgrounds and insights] | Organized by WASG (Wahlalternative Arbeit & Soziale Gerechtigkeit) Gütersloh | Gütersloh (Germany).

10 May 2006     Iran-Atomkonflikt und Perspektiven [Iran nuclear conflict and perspectives] | Ringvorlesung: »Umwelt, Entwicklung, Frieden« [Lecture series: »Environment, development, peace«], studium generale, Summer Semester 2006 | University of Osnabrück (Germany).

14 Feb. 2006     Iran in the Eye of Storm: The Nuclear Issue and Beyond | Institute of Political Science (IfPol), University of Münster (Germany).

20 Jan. 2006     Iran im Brennpunkt: Das Atomprogramm und der Westen [Iran in focus: The nuclear program and the West] | Speaker’s Corner, Peperoni, Münster (Germany).

Academic Congress Contributions

22–24 Sep. 2016            European Foreign Cultural and Educational Policy Towards an Authoritarian State: The Case of German and Iran | 10th Nordic Conference for Middle Eastern Studies »Formations of Middle Eastern Subjectivities: Cultural Heritage, Global Structures and Local Practices« | Organized in cooperation with the Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies, University of Southern Denmark | Odense (Denmark), 22–24 September 2016.

9 Sep. 2016       European Foreign Cultural and Educational Policy Towards an Authoritarian State: The Case of Germany and Iran after the Nuclear Deal | Panel FD05 »EU member states and foreign policy«, Chair & Discussant: Gunther Hellmann (Goethe University Frankfurt) | 10th Pan-European Conference on International Relations | Organized by the European International Studies Association (EISA) & Yasar University, Izmir, 7–10 September 2016, Izmir (Turkey) | Friday, 4:45pm – 6:30pm.

9 Sep. 2016       Imperial Interpolarity and Iran’s International Relations during the Nuclear Crisis | Panel FC39 »Non-Western powers in the international order (II)«, Chair & Discussant: Nadine Godehardt (German Institute for International and Security Affairs, SWP) | 10th Pan-European Conference on International Relations | Friday, 2:30pm – 4:15pm.

9 Sep. 2016       Iran’s Civil Society Grappling with Triangular Dynamics: Effects of External Impacts on the Evolution of State–Society Relations in Strategically Important Countries | Panel FA21 »Interventionist practices and (in)security: in-depth case studies«, Chair: Lauren Gould (Utrecht University), Discussant: Daniela Nascimento (University of Coimbra) | 10th Pan-European Conference on International Relations | Friday, 9:00am – 10:45am.

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.

20 Aug. 2014     Development-Based Foreign Policy? Comparing Iran’s and Turkey’s Strategies | Double-panel on »Foreign policies in the Middle East and North Africa/Les politiques étrangères du Moyen Orient et de l’Afrique du Nord)«, organized by and Dr. Irene Fernández-Molina (Research Fellow, European Neighbourhood Policy Chair,  European Interdisciplinary Studies Department, Natolin Campus, College of Europe, Warsaw) & Dr. Miguel Hernando de Larramendi, Facultad de Humanidades de Toledo, University of Castilla–La Mancha (UCLM), Spain | 4th World Congress for Middle East Studies (WOCMES), Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, 18–22 Aug.

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.