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Selected Recent Publications

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).  LinkedInTwitter • Facebook • VimeoSoundcloud


11 March • Pretoria • Panel »Global and regional implications of increased US–Iran tensions« | Symposium »Where will US–Iran tensions lead the Middle East?« | org. Afro–Middle East Centre (AMEC) | Sheraton Pretoria Hotel {9h–12h30}.

12 March • Cape Town • Iran’s conflict with the U.S. and its »Look to the East« policy | School of Government (SOG), University of the Western Cape (UWC), Bellville, Cape Town {11h–12h}.

12 March • Cape Town • Beyond Eurocentrism and Iranian Exceptionalism: Iran’s Long-Term Revolutionary Process, Mafeje–Jordan seminar series, Centre for African Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Cape Town (UCT), {13h–14h}.

16 March • Johannesburg • Iran’s International Relations in the Age of »Imperial Interpolarity« | org. Center for Indian Studies in Africa (CISA), Department of International Relations, University of the Witwatersrand {12h–14h}.

9 March • Doha • Panel »The internal and regional impact of the Iranian legislative elections« | org. Gulf Studies Center, Qatar University (QU) | QU Library building.

24 Feb. • Prague • The Islamic Republic at 41: Amid Acute Internal and External Crises | org. Center for Asian Studies (CAS) & Jan Masaryk Centre for International Studies (JMCIS), Faculty of International Relations, University of Economics (VSE), Prague.

24 Feb. • Prague • »U.S.–Iran Conflict and Iran Protests« | org. Prague Centre for Middle East Relations (PCMR), CEVRO Institute – School of Political Studies, Prague.

12 Feb. • Beirut • Understanding the Iranian Protests amid the Islamic Republic’s Triple Crisis | org. AUB’s Issam Fares Institute (IFI) & graduate program in Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) | mod. Rami G. Khouri (inaugural director & senior fellow, IFI) & Karim Makdisi (program director, PPIA) | IFI, American University of Beirut (AUB) | American University of Beirut (AUB).

8–9 Feb. • Beirut • »New Regionalisms and the Middle East« workshop | org. Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS), Beirut.

14 Jan. • Berlin • Iran im Fokus: Zwischen Volksaufstand und geopolitischen Unruhen | org. WeltTrends-Institut für Internationale Politik.