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Ali Fathollah-Nejad

political scientist & analyst

deutsch-iranischer politologe

politologue irano-allemand

Dr. Ali Fathollah-Nejad (PhD SOAS) is a political scientist based in Doha and Berlin, with a focus on Iran, the Middle East, the post-unipolar world order, and right-wing populism in the West. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Doha Center since Oct. 2017. In the fall 2018 term, he was an adjunct Assistant Professor in the PhD program of Qatar University’s Gulf Studies Center. Previously, he was a post-doctoral Associate with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Iran Project and 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. Currently, he is also an honorary affiliated researcher with Freie Universität (FU) Berlin’s Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics as well as the Centre d’Études de la Coopération Internationale et du Développement (CECID) at Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

Ali holds a PhD in International Relations from the Department of Development Studies at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London), with a dissertation on Iran’s international relations in the 2000s in a changing world order. He has also taught courses on globalization and development in the Middle East, contemporary Iran and the Arab Revolts among others at FU Berlin’s Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics, the University of Westminster and SOAS. His almost 150 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.

His forthcoming book is entitled Iran in an Emerging New World Order: From Ahmadinejad to Rouhani, New York: Palgrave Macmillan (Studies in Iranian Politics).  Twitter • Facebook • VimeoSoundcloud


7-8 Dec. • Doha • »U.S.–Iran Tensions: Examining Iran’s Strategy after the U.S. JCPOA Withdrawal« | »Threats to the Gulf States in the Regional and International Environment« international relations track | 6th Gulf Studies Forum | org. Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS), Doha.

1–3 Nov. • Marburg (Germany) • »Contextualizing Iran’s Ecological Crisis« | Panel »Climate Change in Iran: The Forgotten Crisis?« | International Symposium »Political Economy of Climate Change and Natural Disaster with Reference to Iran and the Arab Region« | org. Economics of the Middle East Research Group, Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS) & School of Business and Economics, University of Marburg | spons. Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.

28 Oct. • Berlin • »In den Händen des Klerus: Die Islamische Republik Iran« [In the hands of the clergy: The Islamic Republic of Iran] | Panel II »(Un-)heilige Allianzen? Verpflechtung von Religion und Politik in Diktatur und Demokratie« |12. Hohenschönhausen-Forum »Religionen in Diktatur und liberalem Rechtsstaat« | org. Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) & Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen in Berlin | KAS-Akademie Berlin.

22 Oct. • Istanbul • Chairing Closed Session »The Gulf Crisis Two Years On: What Does the Future Hold?«, TRT World Forum, Istanbul, 21–22 Oct.

20 Oct. • Doha • Organizing & Chairing »Pushing the limits: U.S.-Iranian brinkmanship in the Gulf« panel with Dr. Abbas Maleki (Sharif University of Technology), Dr. Suzanne Maloney (Brookings Institution) & Omar Ayasrah (journalist)| org. Brookings Doha Center. {Qatar Tribune, 23/10, p. 7.}

17 Oct. • Doha • Organizing & Chairing talk on »Space Race in the Gulf?« by Dr. Jörg-Matthias Determann (Associate Professor in History, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar) | Brookings Doha Center (BDC) Brownbag Discussion, Doha.