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Congress Contributions

27 Nov. 2014            Rethinking “Middle Eastern Studies”: Analytical and Conceptual Queries and Propositions | 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 November, Bonn (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 September 2014.

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 August 2014.

25–28 Aug. 2014     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) and 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 August 2014.

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) | 29–30 May 2014, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, 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 September 2013.

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), 03/06/2013.

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, 16–20/07/2012.

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, 26–28/03/2012.

10 December 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, 10/12/2011.

25 October 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, 25–26/10/2011.

7 October 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, 06–08/10/2011.

7 October 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, 06–08/10/2011.

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, 27–29/06/2011.

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 2011.

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), University of London, 7–8/05/2011.

12 March 2011         Academia and Activism in Germany |2011 SOAS Research Student Conference “The Relation between Activism and Academia” | School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, 12/03/2011.

26 Feb. 2011            The Effects of Iran Sanctions in the Field of Energy | SOAS 2011 Postgraduate Symposium on Central Asia, the Caucasus and Eurasia | School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, 26/02/2011.

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 – 11/12/2010.

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 International Congress of DAVO (German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation) | University of Marburg, 20–24/09/2010.

20 Sep. 2010            The Iran Conflict in the Obama Era: Strategic Considerations | 31st German Oriental Studies Conference & 17th International Congress of DAVO (German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation) – University of Marburg, 20–24/09/2010.

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), 19–24/07/2010.

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 International Congress of DAVO (German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation) | University of Bonn, 8–10/10/2009.

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 International Congress of DAVO (German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation) | University of Bonn, 8–10/10/2009.

5 June 2009              The »Middle East«: From Past and Present Attributions to a Future Regional Identity?| First Research Students Society Conference: Regional Studies and Critical Perspectives on Regions | School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, 5–6/06/2009.

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), 7–8/06/2008.

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), 18−19/01/2008.

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: »War« |University of Basel (Switzerland), 12−14/09/2007.

30 June 2007            Über die Notwendigkeit einer partizipativen Demokratie [On the Necessity of Participatory Democracy] | Panel 4: Wege zur Integration von Migranten, Tagung Migration steuern oder verwalten? Deutschland im internationalen Vergleich|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), 29−30/06/2007.