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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


5 Oct. • Hamburg • »The 2017/18 Iranian Revolt in Comparative Perspective« & »Revisiting Iran Sanctions: Conflict Resolution and State–Society Relations«, Panel H.4 »Iran: Revolts and Socioeconomic Problems« | 26th International DAVO/DMG Congress »History, Politics and Culture in the Middle East« | org. German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation (DAVO) & Islamic Studies Section of the Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft (DMG) & Institute for Culture and History of the Middle East, University of Hamburg | Department of Asia–Africa Studies, University of Hamburg.

23 Sep. • Berlin • The Long-Term Revolutionary Process in the Middle East: The Situation of Progressive Forces | Young Leaders Conference »Between Political Islam and authoritarian politics: Is there still hope for progressivism in the Arab world?« | org. Department for the Middle East and North Africa, Division for International Cooperation, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), Berlin.

13 Sep. • Bochum (Germany) • »Iran und die Welt: Außenpolitik und internationale Bedrohung« [Iran and the world: Foreign policy and international threats] – Panel with Andreas Zumach (Geneva-based UN correspondent); mod. Bamdad Esmaili (journalist, WDR) | Iran-Konferenz: 40 Jahre Revolution – 40 Jahre islamische Diktatur – 40 Jahre Widerstand | org. Medizinische Flüchtlingshilfe Bochum (Medical Care Service for Refugees Bochum, MFH), campaign »Justice heals – The international network against the impunity of crimes against humanity« & funded by Stiftung Umwelt und Entwicklung Nordrhein-Westfalen (NRW Foundation for Environment and Development), Brot für die Welt & Misereor | Bochum Kulturzentrum Bahnhof Langendreer (Germany), 13–15 Sep.

4 Sep. • Tutzing (near Munich, Germany) • Towards a Regional Security Architecture: Actors, Interests, Challenges (discussants: Dina Fakoussa, Head of Middle East and North Africa Program, German Council on Foreign Relations & Fawaz Gerges, Professor of International Relations, LSE | FES Peace and Security Summer Academy »In Search for Regional Security Cooperation« | org. Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) & GPPi (Global Public Policy Institute) | Akademie für politische Bildung, Tutzing.

14 Aug. • Prague • U.S.–Iran Tensions: Developments and Prospects | mod. Dr. Tereza Jermanová (Assistant Professor, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Charles University & Research Fellow and Member of Supervisory Board, AMO | org. Association for International Affairs (AMO) | Scout Institute (Skautský Institut), Prague. {AMO is the 2nd-ranked Central/Eastern European think-tank in the »Think Tank to Watch in 2019« category of the 2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.}