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Ali Fathollah-Nejad, The Islamic Republic of Iran Four Decades On: The 2017/18 Protests Amid a Triple Crisis, Washington, DC: Brookings Institution & Doha: Brookings Doha Center (Brookings Doha Center Analysis Paper, No. 28), April 2020 | in Arabic translation.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Where’s Iran Going? After the 2020 Parliamentary Elections, Orient XXI, 14/04 | Republished by the Afro–Middle East Centre (Johannesburg), 24/04 | Translated into French as Où va l’Iran ?, Orient XXI : Le journal de référence du monde arabe et musulman & into Arabic.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, The coronavirus underscores »new patterns of dependency« in Iran, in: Tarik M. Yousef et al., Brookings experts on the implications of COVID-19 for the Middle East and North Africa, Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 26/03  | republished by Water Policy Association (Hidropolitik Akademi, Ankara), 05/04 • in Arabic translation by the Brookings Doha Center | republished by Al Ghad (Jordan), 08/04.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Policymakers must address the MENA region’s »triple crisis« in order to build sustainable states, in: Tarik M. Yousef et al., The Middle East and North Africa over the next decade: Key challenges and policy options, Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 03/03 • in Arabic translation by the Brookings Doha Center.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Iran’s parliamentary elections occur amid unprecedented pressures: And the hardliners are moving toward monopolizing power, Order from Chaos, Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 20/02 | cited in Iran’s regime »facing fundamental test of legitimacy«, Democracy Digest, National Endowment for Democracy (NED), 21/02 | short version published on, 21/02 • in Arabic translation by the Brookings Doha Center.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, The Revolution’s Broken Promises, in: S. Maloney (ed.) The Iranian Revolution at 40, Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, ch. 2 (pp. 8–17).

Ali Fathollah-Nejad & Karam Shaar, Iran’s credit line to Syria: A well that never runs dry, IranSource, Washington, DC: Atlantic Council, 10/02.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Süleymani’nin Ardından Neler Olacak? [What will happen after Soleimani?], transl. from English by Esra Subaşı, Perspektif (Turkey), 05/02.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Tod von Qassem Soleimani: Geliebt-gehasster General [Qassem Soleimani’s death: Beloved-hated general], Der Tagesspiegel, 08/01, p. 6.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, What the killing of Qassem Soleimani could mean, PBS NewsHour, 03/01 | republished on Order from Chaos, Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 07/01.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad et al., Around the halls: Experts react to the killing of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani, Order from Chaos, Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 03/01 | Vietnamese translation.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad et al., Around the halls: Experts discuss the recent US airstrikes in Iraq and the fallout, Order from Chaos, Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 02/01.


Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Die Proteste im Iran sind ein dramatischer Wendepunkt [The protests in Iran are a dramatic turning-point], Deutsche Welle (DW), 03/12 ▪ republished as Die nächste Protestewelle nur eine Frage der Zeit [The next wave of protests only a matter of time], Iran-Journal, 11/12 | DW translations: Serbian/Bosnian, 05/12.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Leicht entflammbar – Schwerste Unruhen seit 40 Jahren: Was die Proteste im Iran so außergewöhnlich macht [Easily infammable – Gravest unrest since 40 years: What makes the protests in Iran extraordinary], Der Tagesspiegel, 02/12, p. 6 ▪ Excerpts cited by Deutschlandfunk, 03/12 ▪ Translated into Persian: واکنش فاجعه‌بار اروپا در برابر سرکوب‌ها در ایران [Europe’s catastrophic response to the crackdown in Iran], Kayhan (London), 04/12.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Iran’s bloody protests are just the beginning, DW Perspectives, Deutsche Welle (DW), 28/11 | DW translations: Brazilian PortuguesePersian.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Why Iranians are revolting again, Order from Chaos, Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 19/11 ▪ Posted on RealClearWorld, 22/10 ▪ Excerpts reproduced in P. Gadalla, Unpacking this fall’s protests across the world, Brookings Now, Brookings Institution, 02/12 ▪ Arabic translation by the Brookings Doha Center ▪ Republished by Al-Jarida (Kuwait), 29/11 | Lebanese Center for Research and Consulting ▪ Excerpts translated into French (Libération, L’Orient-Le Jour, Les clés du Moyen-Orient [Arab transl. by Hafryat, Cairo]), Spanish (, Madrid | La Hora Digital, Madrid), Vietnamese (RFI Tiếng Việt) & Finnish (Helsingin Sanomat).

Ali Fathollah-Nejad & Payam Ghalehdar, The mirage of regime change: Why the United States is Khamenei’s bogeyman, Dialogue with the Islamic World, 20/11.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad & Payam Ghalehdar, Iranisch-amerikanisches Verhältnis: Eine unendliche Geschichte der Feindschaft?,, 18/11 ▪ republished as »Die Mär vom Regime Change«, Iran-Journal, 02/12.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad & Anja Palm, MENA Spring 3.0: The Persistent »Triple Crisis« in Europe’s Neighbourhood, in: M. Sus & M. Hadeed (eds.) European Security 2030: The Results of the Dahrendorf Foresight Project, Dahrendorf Forum, LSE IDEAS, Sep., 50–53.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Four Decades Later, Did the Iranian Revolution Fulfill Its Promises?, Order from Chaos, Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 11/07.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad et al., A Harmful U.S. Sanctions Strategy? Foreign Affairs Asks the Experts, Foreign Affairs, 11/06.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Qatar and the Delicate Balance between Iran and the U.S., in: What Brookings experts are saying about the two-year anniversary of the Gulf crisis, Brookings Institution, 03/06 | in Arabic translation ▪ reported: Qatar has overcome the blockade economically and politically and has proved its ability to prosper (in Arabic), Lusail News, 04/07.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Swamped in a Triple Crisis, Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Cairo: School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) at American University in Cairo (AUC), No. 33 (Spring 2019), pp. 120–125 ▪ republished as The Islamic Republicʹs existential crisis: Will Iran crack under the strain?, Dialogue with the Islamic World, 08/07.


Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Europe and the Future of Iran Policy: Dealing with a Dual Crisis, Washington, DC & Doha: Brookings Institution | in Arabic translation by the Brookings Doha Center, 22 October.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and its nefarious consequences, The Region, 14/07  ▪ republished by Brookings Doha Center | in Arabic translation by the Brookings Doha Center.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Proteste im Iran: Politikum Umweltkrise [Protests in Iran: Political issue environmental crisis], Berlin: Heinrich Boell Foundation, 06/07.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Brief aus Doha (Trumps Rückzug aus dem Iran-Atomdeal und seine schändlichen Konsequenzen) [Letter from Doha (Trump’s Withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal and Its Nefarious Consequences)], WeltTrends: Das außenpolitische Journal, Vol. 26, No. 141 (July 2018), pp. 12–13.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, The End of the Iran Deal Spells the End of Iranian Moderates, The National Interest, 26/06 ▪ republished on (Lebanese Phalanges Party), 27/06 | cited in IRGC takeover? Iran protests may change leadership, but not regime, Democracy Digest, Washington, DC: National Endowment for Democracy (NED), 27/06 | reported in Arabic by (UAE), 28/06 ▪ Al-Khaleej Post (Cairo), 29/06 | in Arabic translation by the Brookings Doha Center ▪ republished by Annabaa Net (Iraq), 09/07.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Iran und der Krieg in Syrien: Das Regime-Narrativ wird zunehmend infrage gestellt [Iran and the war in Syria: The regime’s narrative is increasingly being questioned], FriedensForum: Zeitschrift der Friedensbewegung, Vol. 31, No. 4 (July/August 2018), pp. 32–34.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Iran and Qatar One Year after the Blockade, in: Tarik Yousef et al, What Brookings experts are saying about the one-year anniversary of the Gulf crisis, Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 04/06 | in Arabic translation.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Wüste Eden: Über Irans Wasser- und Umweltkrisen [Desert Eden: On Iran’s water and evironmental crises], ARTE-Magazin, May 2018, pp. 21–22.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Iranians Respond to the Regime: »Leave Syria alone!«, Al Jazeera English, 02/05 ▪ cited in: Siria, el complejo escenario geopolítico de Medio Oriente [Syria, the Middle East’s complex geopolitical scene], La Tercera (Chile), 06/05 | Arabic translation by Brookings Doha Center, 02/05 | cited in: Yeghia Tashchian, Political Analysis: Why Iran Cannot Fight Israel (Armenian), Aztag Daily (Armenian daily in Lebanon), 02/06.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Iran and Syria’s War: Fighting »Terror« Publicly, Mourning the Dead Secretly, Al Jazeera English, 01/05 ▪ republished by Al Siasi (Amman), 03/05 | Arabic translation by Brookings Doha Center, 02/05.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, There’s more to Iran’s protests than you’ve been told, PBS NewsHour, 03/04 ▪ republished on Track Persia, 05/04 ▪ included in the weekly American Iranian Council’s Iran Digest Week of April 6–April 13, 17/04 | Arabic translation by the Brookings Doha Center, 04/04 ▪ republished by Annabaa Net (Iraq), 09/04.

Bernd W. Kubbig, Marc Finaud & Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Against All Odds – Decreasing the Saudi–Iranian Rivalry for Regional Hegemony Through and in the Wake of the JCPOA: Obstacles and Opportunities, 6th Cooperative Idea – APOME (Academic Peace Orchestra Middle East, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt) & GCSP, Policy Forum for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation in the Middle East/Gulf, Geneva: Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), No. 9 (March 2018).

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Iran’s Image in Europe: Making Believe, transl. from German, Dialogue with the Islamic World, 18/03.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Vom schönen Schein der Islamischen Republik: Westliche Perspektiven auf den Iran, Dialog mit der islamischen Welt, 07/03 ▪ republished on Iran-Journal, 19/03.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Das Ende der Stabilität in Iran: Zur jüngsten iranischen Rebellion [The end of stability in Iran: On the recent Iranian rebellion], WeltTrends, No. 137 (March 2018), pp. 4–8.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Revolte gegen die Revolution: Bilanz zum 39. Jahrestag der Revolution in Iran [Revolt against the revolution: Balance-sheet on the 39th anniversary of the Revolution in Iran], taz.die tageszeitung, 03–04/02, p. 11. {Media coverage: Perlentaucher: Das Kulturmagazin, 03/02 | Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education, bpb), »Sicherheitspolitische Presseschau«, 04/02 | Iran International TV (London), media review show »Irân az negâh-e digarân« [Iran viewed by others], 06/01}

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Iran: Hält das Atomabkommen? [Iran: Will the nuclear deal survive?], LuXemburg Spezial »Weltordnungskonflikte«, January 2018, pp. 62–69.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad & Arash Sarkohi, »Fürchtet euch!« Wenn Slogans für sich sprechen [»Be afraid!« When slogans speak for themselves], Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 16/01, p. 37. {Media coverage: Perlentaucher: Das Kulturmagazin, 16/10 | Dirk Liesemer, »Brot, Arbeit, Freiheit«: Was die Menschen im Iran auf die Straße treibt, piqd, 20/10.}

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Causes behind Iran’s Protests: A Preliminary Account, Al Jazeera English, 06/01 ▪ republished on Iran Matters, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 06/01 ▪ republished as Protests in Iran: The Spark that Turned Into a Wildfire, Dialog with the Islamic World, 09/01.

Arabic translation by Brookings Doha Center, 06/01.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Quo vadis Iran? Außen- und innenpolitischer Rückblick 2017 und Ausblick 2018 [Quo vadis Iran? Foreign policy and domestic politics review 2017 and prospects for 2018], Iran-Journal, 06/01 ▪ republished by Arabischer Publizisten-Verein Deustchlands (APVD), 09/01.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Iran : Les racines et ferments de la colère [Iran: Roots and ferments of the rage], L’Orient-Le Jour (Beirut), 06/01, p. 9 ▪ republished on CameroonVoice (Montreal), 08/01.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Protestwelle im Iran: »Rohani, ich bereue!« [Wave of protest in Iran: »Rohani, I regret«], Dialog mit der islamischen Welt, 04/01 ▪ Trans. into Arabic,, 05/01 ▪ republished as Der enttschäuschende Hoffnungsträger [The disappointing bearer of hope], Iran-Journal, 05/01.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Wenn die letzte Hoffnung zerstört ist: Warum das Regime im Iran jetzt infrage gestellt wird [When the last hope is destroyed: Why the regime in Iran is now being put in question], Der Tagesspiegel (Berlin), 04/01, p. 6.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Saudi Arabia and Iran – An Unresolved Conflict: Your Guide to Understanding the Historical Struggle for Influence (Arabic), transl. from the English original ‘The Iranian–Saudi Hegemonic Rivalry’, Sana Press, 21/12 ▪ Mosnad News (Yemen), 24/05/2018 ▪, 24/05.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, The Survival of the Nuclear Deal and Iran’s External and Internal Challenges, in: ibid. et al, The Middle East and North Africa in 2018: Challenges, threats, and opportunities, Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 21/12.