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The Iran Protests 2017/2018 and 2019 amid the Islamic Republic’s Triple Crisis


This page lists my publications as well as media commentary and interviews (in English, German, French, with translations into Arabic, Persian, Spanish, Portuguese, Serbian/Bosnian, Turkish etc.) on the nationwide Iran protests of Nov. 2019 (regularly updated) and those of Dec. 2017/Jan. 2018.


Research Output

These protests amid what I call the Islamic Republic’s “triple crisis” (socio-economic, political and ecological) are subject of an ongoing research project. Published and planned output so far:

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, The 2017/18 and 2019 Protests in Regional Perspective: Beyond Methodological Nationalism [working title], Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) Working Group »New Regionalisms (and the Middle East)«.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, The Islamic Republic of Iran at 40: The 2017/18 Revolt amid a Triple Crisis, Brookings Analysis Paper, forthc.

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 (joint initiative by Hertie School of Governance & LSE, funded by Stiftung Mercator), LSE IDEAS, Sep. 2019, 50–53.

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.


Last update: 9 Dec. 2019 

Iran Protests – November 2019 (Âbân/Mehr 1398)


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 | 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.

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 the protests across the world, Brookings Now, Brookings Institution, 02/12 ▪ Arabic translation by the Brookings Doha Center ▪ Republished by Al-Jarida (Kuwait), 29/11 ▪ Excerpts translated into French (Libération, L’Orient-Le Jour, Les clés du Moyen-Orient), Spanish (NuevaTribuna.es, 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, Qantara.de: Dialogue with the Islamic World, 20/11.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad & Payam Ghalehdar, Iranisch-amerikanisches Verhältnis: Eine unendliche Geschichte der Feindschaft?, Qantara.de, 18/11.

Press Interviews

Iran schießt Proteste nieder: So blutig war es noch nie [Iran shoots down protesters: Never was it that bloody], interviewed by Volker Petersen, n-tv.de, 03/12.

Media Commentary

Julie Kebbi & Soulayma Mardam-Bey, Les enjeux de l’après-révolte en Iran, L‘Orient–Le Jour, 07/12.

Borzou Daragahi, Iran admits 200,000 took part in recent anti-government protests, 731 banks torched, The Independent, 27/11 | in Turkish translation published by Independent Türkçe, 28/11 {Print version: Iran discloses sheer scale of anti-government protests, 28/11, p. 63} ▪ Comments reproduced in Arabic by Hawar News Agency (ANHA).

Wikistrat Special Analysis: The Regional Implications of the Protests in Iran, Wikistrat, 24/11.

Hazem Saghieh, How Bashar Assad Becomes a Symbol and Inspirer, Asharq Al-Aswat, 24/11 ▪ republished by The Independent (Bangladesh), 25/11 | Iraq and Lebanon protests must not go the Syria way, Khaleej Times (UAE), 25/11.

Jean-Pierre Perrin, Iran: les manifestants matés, la répression féroce commence, Mediapart, 23/11 ▪ Irán: tras la explosión social, la represión, transl. E. García, SinPermiso, 24/11.

Thomas Seibert, Iran’s regime in most serious crisis since 1979 as it cracks down on unrest, The Arab Weekly, 24/10, p. 15 ▪ Comments reproduced by Gulf News.

Unruhen: Rund 100 Protestanführer im Iran verhaftet [Unrest: About 100 protest leaders detained in Iran], Kurier.at (Austria), 22/11.

Iran : la stratégie américaine est-elle en train de fonctionner ?, L’Orient–Le Jour, 21/11.

Irans Führung setzt auf Härte [Iran’s leadership relies on stealth], Die Presse (Austria), 21/11, p. 4.

John Gambrell, Iran blames deadly unrest on outsiders, including US, Associated Press, 20/11 ▪ in Spanish, 20/11.

Karoline Krauser-Sandner & Evelyn Peternel, Sniper, Netzsperre, Tote: Geht es im Iran wirklich um den Benzinpreis? [Snipers, internet blackout, casualties: Is it really about the fuel price in Iran?], Kurier.at (Austria), 20/11.

Christian Böhme & Thomas Seibert, Unruhen im Iran: Geraten die Mullahs in Bedrängnis? [Unrest in Iran: Are the mullahs getting in trouble?], Der Tagesspiegel, 20/11 | My comments reproduced in Arabic by Sada Alsahil | Masr Al Arabia (Cairo) | Akhbar Yemen.

Georges Issa, بعد سنة على العقوبات النفطيّة… الإيرانيون في الشارع والنتائج لم تطابق الطموحات, An-Nahar (Lebanon), 20/11.

Delphine Minoui, Iran : la hausse de l’essence déclenche des révoltes [Iran: Fuel price rise triggers revolts], Le Figaro, 19/11, p. 9 • My comments reproduced by: ارتفاع سعر البنزين يثير انتفاضة في إيران و ربيع عراقي في شهر نوفمبر / تشرين الثاني, Radio Monte Carlo Douliya (Paris), 19/11 |  صحف فرنسية: مظاهرات إيران لن تخمد والثورة ستطال خامنئي, Al-Ain (UAE), 19/11 | Kitabat (Iraq), 20/11 | روزنامه ها: مشکلات شدید معیشتی، حمایت مالی دولت از گروه‌های بیگانه در کشورهای دیگر و افزایش بهای بنزین مردم را به خیابان‌ها آورده است, RFI (Radio France Internationale) Persian, 20/11.

Élie Saïkali, Face à la contestation, la contre-attaque du pouvoir iranien [Facing demonstrations, the Iranian government strikes back], L‘Orient–Le Jour, 19/11.

Radio Interviews

Lina Verschwele, Exil-Iraner unterstützen Protestierende im Iran, BR (Bayrischer Rundfunk) B5 aktuell, 23/11 {17m38–}.

Kein Sprit, kein Netz, keine Zukunft – Aufstand im Iran [No fuel, no internet, no future – uprising in Iran], hr2 (Hessischer Rundfunk) »Der Tag«, 21/11. {19m50–26m32}

Christian Buttkereit, Erhebliche Anzahl von Toten – Internationale Besorgnis über Lage im Iran [Considerable number of dead – International concern over situation in Iran], Deutschlandfunk »Informationen am Morgen«, 19/11.

Christian Buttkereit, »Bedeutende Zahl von Toten« – UN besorgt über Lage in Iran [“Important number of dead” – UN concerned about situation in Iran], Deutschlandfunk »Das war der Tag«, 19/11.

Proteste im Iran: Unter Ausschluss der Öffentlichkeit [Protests in Iran: Hidden from public scrutiny], detektor.fm, 19/11.

Proteste im Iran: Über welche Repressionsmittel verfügt das Regime? [Protests in Iran: What are the means of repression the regime possesses?], Deutschlandfunk Kultur »Studio 9«, 19/11.

Proteste im Iran [Protests in Iran], Cosmo (WDR5), 18/11 & 20/11.



Iran Protests – December 2017/January 2018 (Dey 1396)


Ali Fathollah-Nejad, There’s more to Iran’s protests than you’ve been told, PBS NewsHour, 3 April 2018.

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, 3–4 Feb. 2018, p. 11.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad & Arash Sarkohi, »Fürchtet euch!« Wenn Slogans für sich sprechen [»Be afraid!« When slogans speak for themselves], Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 16 Jan. 2018, p. 37.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Causes behind Iran’s Protests: A Preliminary Account, Al Jazeera English, 6 Jan. 2018.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Iran : Les racines et ferments de la colère [Iran: Roots and ferments of the rage], L’Orient-Le Jour (Beirut), 6 Jan., p. 9

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), 4 Jan., p. 6.

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