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Speaking Engagements: Lectures, Seminars, Conferences


8 Dec.                    Iran and Taliban-ruled Afghanistan | Panel »A Road Untraveled I: Central Asia, Russia, Iran, and their future relations with Afghanistan« | org. Institute of War and Peace Studies (IWPS) & Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) Afghanistan.

30 Nov.                 {20h} Diskutant, Buchpremiere von Golineh Atais Iran – die Freiheit ist weiblich, mod. Theresa Brücker | org. Literatur Live & Rowohlt Berlin Verlag & Thalia-Buchhaltung & Heimathafen Neukölln | Heimathafen Neuköllln, Berlin.

26 Nov.                 Iran’s Socioeconomic Crisis and the Future of Protest, paper presentation in the panel »Social justice and mobilization in the MENA: Understanding the struggle for socioeconomic and political transformation post-2011«, org. & chaired by Dr. Irene Weipert-Fenne (Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, PRIF), Institute for the Study of Protest and Social Movements (ipb) Annual Conference 2021 »Social Movements and the Social Question«, 25–26 Nov., Berlin/online.

10 Nov.                  [Book launch Australia] Iran in an Emerging New World Order | mod. Prof. Shahram Akbarzadeh (MESF Convenor) |org. Middle East Studies Forum (MESF)Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI), Deakin University, Melbourne.

5 Nov.                   Iran’s “Look to the East” and China: Past is prologue? | Session 3 »Asian Friendship and China«, mod. Dr. Jae Sok Kim (Director, The Institute for China Studies, SNU) | Asia–China Dialogue 2021: Toward a Peaceful and Brighter Future | Hosted by Seoul National University Asia Center (SNUAC); Humanities Korea Plus (HK+) Mega-Asia Research Project Group, SNUAC; Korean Association for Contemporary China Studies; Institute for China Studies, SNU | org. Seoul National University Northeast Asia Center (NEAC) | 4–5 Nov. (Zoom).

4 Nov.                   Konfliktherde weltweit: Iran | Vortragsreihe »Konfliktherde weltweit« | org. Patenschaftsprogramm »Ankommen in Leipzig. Paten für Geflüchtete« der Johanniter-Akademie Mitteldeutschland (Campus Leipzig) / Bildungsinstitut Mitteldeutschland Johanniter | Leipziger Stadtbibliothek.

21 Oct.                   Iran unter Ebrahim Raisi: Aktuelle innen- und außenpolitische Herausforderungen, Gesprächskreis Friedens- und Sicherheitspolitik, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (via Zoom).

6 Oct.                    Strategic Roundtable Discussion »Fit for the job? Europe’s role in a new world order« | M100 Sanssouci Colloquium 2021 »From Crisis in Perpetuity to Democratic Resilience« | Schlosstheater Neues Palais, Potsdam.

11 June                   Panel »Iran in an Emerging New World Order: A Book Talk with Ali Fathollah-Nejad« w/ Prof. Anoush Ehteshami (Durham University, UK), mod. Alex Vatanka (MEI) | org. Middle East Institute (MEI), Washington, DC (online).

8 June                    Panel »Iran – Katalysator des Nahost-Konflikts?« mit Katharina Willinger (Leiterin, ARD-Auslandsstudios in Teheran) & Dr. Payam Ghalehdar (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Lehrstuhl für Internationale Beziehungen, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen & Fellow, Centre for International Security Policy, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin) | mod. Susanne Koelbl (Auslands-Reporterin des Spiegel) | org. Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit (FNF) Landesbüro Bayern / Thomas-Dehler-Stiftung, München (online). {Video}

22 Apr.                  The EU and Iran | Panel 3 »China, Russia, and the EU« | »Iran – Red Teaming From the Inside Out« colloquium | University of Kansas (Graduate Military Programs, Center for East Asian Studies & Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies), as part of the Office of Director of National Intelligence’s (ODNI) Center of Academic Excellence (IC CAE) program, in collaboration with International Relations Council (IRC) Kansas City (KC) and Command and General Staff College Foundation | Online.

26 Feb.                  42 Jahre Islamische Republik: Innen- und außenpolitische Herausforderungen | Iran – Politische Studienreise digital, 26–27 Feb.| org. Alsharq Reise | Berlin (online).

17 Feb.                   Panel »Biden, Rouhani and the Iran Nuclear Deal« with Iran’s Ambassador to South Africa Mahdi Aghajafari & Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and Transnational Institute (TNI) Fellow Phyllis Bennis | org. Afro–Middle East Centre (AMEC), South Africa (via Zoom) | Report by Daily Maverick.

16 Feb.                   Panel »The Future of U.S. Policy towards the Middle East in General« | IALIIS Annual International Conference, »Ramifications of the Change of the U.S. Administration on World Affairs« | org. Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute for International Studies (IALISS) & supported by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), Birzeit University (West Bank, Palestine), 15–18 Feb. (via Zoom) | Report.

11 Feb.                   Die Dreifachkrise der Islamischen Republik | Iran – Politische Studienreise digital | org. Alsharq Reise, Berlin, 11–12 Feb., Zoom.

29 Jan.                   Aktuelle Lage in Iran | Deutsch-iranische Parlamentariergruppe des Deutschen Bundestags.


3 Dec.                          The Rivalry between Iran and the Gulf Cooperation Council: Background and Future | 7th Annual Gulf Studies Forum | org. Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS), Doha, 29 Nov.–3 Dec.

25–26 Nov.                 {14h} Moderator, Foresight Panel »Exploring the Future of a Complex Region – How the Gulf Might Look Like in 2030?« & Speaker, Hybrid Roundtable IV »States and People – The Situation of the Civil Society in the Gulf Region and Europe’s Current and Future Ways of Engagement« | Engulfed in the Gulf? On A Search for Europe’s Future Role in A Turbulent Region |org. Protestant Academy Loccum, Germany, 25–26 Nov.

23 Nov.                        Panel »The US in the Middle East and North Africa: A change in command« | org. Casa Árabe & Real Instituto Elcano (Elcano Royal Institute), Spain. {Video in English & in Spanish translation} • {Reports: Atalayar (Madrid) ENSP}

14 Nov.                        »Look to the East«: Iran’s International Relations between Eastern and Western Great-Powers |Panel »Iran and the International System«, V. Middle East Congress on Politics and Society, Middle East Institute (ORMER), Sakarya University (SAU), Turkey, 14–15 Nov.

27–28 Oct.                  Discussant, Policy Papers »Young Progressive Voices from the MENA Region Advocate for Security Through Regional Cooperation« | org. Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), Department for Middle East and North Africa & Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), 27–28 Oct.

22 Oct.                         Iranian foreign policy | Guest Lecture, »Arabian Peninsula« Area Studies course by Dr. Karen Young | Foreign Service Institute (FSI), U.S. Department of State.

24 Sep.                        Panel 3 »Die Bedeutung der Religionsgemeinschaften für Aufarbeitung und Versöhnung in Post-Konflikt-Prozessen im Nahen Osten« [The significance of religious communities for reappraisal of the past and reconciliation in the Middle East’s post-conflict processes]  | 11. Hafis-Menschenrechtsdialog Weimar »Aufarbeitung und Sanktionierung von Religionsfeindlichkeit und Religionsverfolgung« | org. Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), Weimar.

3 Sep.                          Iranian foreign policy | Guest Lecture, »Arabian Peninsula« Area Studies course by Dr. Karen Young | Foreign Service Institute (FSI), U.S. Department of State.

28 July                          Studying Iran amid the Middle East’s »long-term revolutionary process« | Research Forum Middle East and Comparative Politics (Forschungsforum Mittlerer Osten, FFMO) | org. Research Group Middle East and Comparative Politics, Institute of Political Science, University of Tübingen.

10 July                          »Domestic politics« panel | org. Chatham House MENA Programme & Near East South Asia (NESA), Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University.

25 June                        Iranian foreign policy toward the GCC states | Guest Lecture, »Arabian Peninsula« course by Dr. Karen Young | Foreign Service Institute (FSI), U.S. Department of State.

10 June                        Panel »Iran – Ein Land im Wandel?« [Iran – a country in transformation?] with Prof. Heinz Gärtner & Laleh Monsef | org. International Institute for Peace (IIP) & F.I.R.E (Forum interdisziplinäre Rhetorik und Expertise).

16 March                     Iran’s International Relations in the Age of »Imperial Interpolarity« | org. Department of International Relations & Center for Indian Studies in Africa (CISA), Department of International Relations, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

12 March                     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).

12 March                     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}.

11 March                      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, Pretoria.

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

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

20–22 Feb.                 Middle East Regional Security and Cooperation Meeting | org. UCLA Center for Middle East Development | Prague.

12 Feb. Understanding the Iranian Protests amid the Islamic Republic’s Triple Crisis {IFI PocastIFI SoundCloud} | 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.                     Iran’s long-term revolutionary process | »New Regionalisms and the Middle East« workshop | org. Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS), Beirut.

14 Jan.                          Iran im Fokus: Zwischen Volksaufstand und geopolitischen Unruhen [Iran in focus: Between popular uprising and geopolitical tumult] | org. WeltTrends-Institut für Internationale Politik, Berlin.

8 Jan.                            Pulverfass Naher Osten [Middle East powder keg] | org. Globale Gleichheit & Rosa-Luxemburg-Club Heilbronn (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Baden-Württemberg), Heilbronn.


4–5 April          The Place of China in Iran: Foreign-Policy Schools of Thought and Political Economy | »The Future of China’s Presence in the Islamic World in Light of Regional and International Challenges« international conference | org. Qatar University’s Ibn Khaldon Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, 4–5 April 2020.

8 Jan.                 Pulverfass Naher Osten [Middle East powder keg] | org. Globale Gleichheit & Rosa-Luxemburg-Club Heilbronn (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Baden-Württemberg), Heilbronn.

16-17 Dec.        Iran and China [tba] | Session 2 »China’s Role in Regional Security: The Politics of Non-Interference in MENA« | Workshop »The Belt and Road Initiative: China-Middle East Cooperation in an Age of Geopolitical Turbulence« | org. Brookings Doha Center (BDC) & Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS) | Ritz Carlton, Doha.

14 Dec.              Closed-Door Roundtable »Gulf Regional Security« | org. Doha Forum & Chatham House | Doha Forum | Doha, 14–15 Dec.

7 Dec.                Iranian Strategy after the U.S. Withdrawal from the Nuclear Deal: “Maximum Resistance” and “Look to the East” {in Arabic translation}| Session 3 »U.S.–Iran Tensions and the Repercussions on Gulf Security« | 6th Gulf Studies Forum | org. Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS), Doha, 7-8 Dec. {Reported in Arabic: Researchers discuss policymaking in the Gulf and its security in a changing environment, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI), 07/12 | Lusail News, 08/12 | Al-Araby Al-Jadeed (The New Arab), 08/12 | AlArab, 08/12, p. 18 | Alghad News (Jordan).

13 Nov.             Org. & Chair, BDC Brownbag »Macron, America, and Iran« by Dr. Clément Therme (Center for International Studies, Sciences Po, Paris), discussant: Dr. Nasser Hadian (Faculty of Law and Political Science, U of Tehran) | Brookings Doha Center.

1 Nov. »Contextualizing Iran’s Ecological Crisis« | Panel »Climate Change in Iran: The Forgotten Crisis?« | International Symposium »Political Economy of Climate Change and Natural Disaster with Reference to Iran and the Arab Region« | org. Economics of the Middle East Research Group, Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS) & School of Business and Economics, University of Marburg | spons. Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung | 1–2 Nov., University of Marburg.

28 Oct.              »In den Händen des Klerus: Die Islamische Republik Iran« [In the hands of the clergy: The Islamic Republic of Iran] | Panel II »(Un-)heilige Allianzen? Verpflechtung von Religion und Politik in Diktatur und Demokratie« |12. Hohenschönhausen-Forum »Religionen in Diktatur und liberalem Rechtsstaat« | org. Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) & Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen in Berlin | KAS-Akademie Berlin.

22 Oct.              Chairing closed session »The Gulf Crisis Two Years On: What Does the Future Hold?«, TRT World Forum, Istanbul, 21–22 Oct.

21 Oct.              Org. & Chair, BDC Closed Roundtable »The Role of Iran in the Persian Gulf « (Dr. Abbas Maleki, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran) | org. Brookings Doha Center.

20 Oct.              Organizing & Chairing »Pushing the Limits: U.S.-Iranian Brinkmanship in the Gulf« panel with Dr. Abbas Maleki, Dr. Suzanne Maloney & Omar Ayasrah | org. Brookings Doha Center.

17 Oct.              Organizing & Chairing talk on »Space Race in the Gulf?« by Dr. Jörg-Matthias Determann (Associate Professor in History, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar) | Brookings Doha Center (BDC) Brownbag Discussion, Doha.

5 Oct.                »The 2017/18 Iranian Revolt in Comparative Perspective« & »Revisiting Iran Sanctions: Conflict Resolution and State–Society Relations«, Panel »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.

25–26 Sep.        Panel »Sanktionen und Menschenrechte« [Sanctions and human rights] mit Dr. Sascha Lohmann (German Institute for International and Security Affairs, SWP)| 10. Hafis-Menschenrechts-Dialog Weimar »Globale Herausforderungen für die zivilgesellschaftliche Menschenrechtspolitik«| org. European and International Cooperation, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), Weimar.

23 Sep.              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.              »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.                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 (Germany), 2–6 Sep.

16 Aug.             »Domestic and International Pressure Builds on Iran« panel, org. Gulf Affairs working group (chairs: Dr. Karen Young & Adel Hamaizia) | UCLA Center for Middle East Development (CMED) Regional Security & Cooperation Meeting, Prague, 15-17 Aug.

14 Aug.             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} [FB]

11 June             The case of Iran | Session 3 »The growing gap between the rulers and the ruled« | Workshop »Critiquing the study of the state in the Arab world« | org. Chatham House (project on »The Future of the State in the Middle East and North Africa«)| Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI), American University of Beirut (AUB), Beirut.

16–17 May       6th International Conference on the Iranian Economy | org. International Iranian Economic Association (IIEA) | Department of Asian, African and Mediterranean Studies, University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’ (UNIOR).

9 May               The future of Europe: Strategic options for an era of uncertainties | Hertie School of Governance, Berlin.

22–25 April      Iran’s Ecological Crisis | 8th Global Conference on Global Warming | Qatar University [accepted but rejected]

25–26 March    Governance Breakdown and Violent Conflict in the Middle East: From Early Warning to Strategic Policy Design Options, EU-LISTCO (Europe’s External Action and the Dual Challenges of Limited Statehood and Contested Orders) Workshop | org. Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) & Foresight Intelligence| Evangelische Bildungsstätte auf Schwanenwerder, Berlin.

26 Feb.              Iran and Middle Eastern Politics | Foreign Policy Talks (FPT) series| closed round-table, mod. Alphan Telek, Academic Director, IstanPol | org. Istanbul Political Research Institute (IstanPol) & Heinrich Böll Foundation Turkey Representation, Istanbul. {Pictures}

Iran and Middle Eastern Politics | Istanbul Political Research Institute (IstanPol) & Heinrich Böll Foundation Turkey Representation Foreign Policy Conference (FPC) series | mod. Dr. Ahmet Salih Bıçakçı, Associate Professor of International Relations & Director, Middle East and Africa Research Center (MARC), KHU | co-org. Kadir Has University (KHU) Department of International RelationsInternational Relations Council (UIK), Istanbul. {Pictures}


10-11 Dec.        Middle East session, 4th Annual CPPF–DPA MENA Resident Coordinators’ (RC) Forum, organized by the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA).

9-10 Dec.          Qatar’s Crisis Resilience: An Account of Power in the 21st Century | 3rd Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference 2018 »Gulf Crisis: Origin, Repercussions and Future«, Gulf Studies Center, Qatar University, 9–10 December 2018.

4 Dec.                European Security and Foreign Policy | Diplomatic Course for Defense Attaché Preparation (DiCDAP), Officers’ Training Institute (OTI), Qatar Armed Forces (QAF), Doha.

3 Dec.                Moderating »Political Islam in the Gulf States« panel with Dr. Courtney Freer (Research Officer, LSE Middle East Centre & author, Rentier Islamism: The Influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in Gulf Monarchies, OUP 2018) & Dr. Abdullah Al-Arian (associate professor of History, Georgetown University in Qatar) & Daniel Tavana (PhD cand., Princeton University), org. Brookings Doha Center (BDC), Doha.

28 Nov.             The Future of Iran Policy: The Return of Sanctions and Iran’s Domestic Politics, Brookings Doha Center (BDC), Doha.

23 Nov.             Policy Forum »Iran after US sanctions: What’s next?« | MED (Mediterranean Dialogues), in collaboration with IFRI (Institut français des relations internationals) | Rome, 22–24 Nov.

22 Nov.             »Europe, Iran and the Future of the Nuclear Deal« panel with Dr. Tarja Cronberg (Distinguished Associate Fellow, SIPRI European Security Programme & fmr. MEP and Chair of the European Parliament’s Iran delegation), mod. Andrea Dissì (Mediterranean and Middle East programme, IAI) | Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) Library, Rome.

9–11 Nov.         [tbc] Foresight Conference »In a Quagmire? How Could Europe Improve its Iran Policy?« | Protestant Academy Loccum (Northern Germany).

24–25 Oct.        Workshop »European Security in 2030«, strategic foresight and scenario planning project, Dahrendorf Forum (joint initiative of Hertie School of Governance, LSE & Stiftung Mercator) | Hertie School of Governance, Berlin.

12 Oct.              Dialogue Workshop »The Role of Russia in the MENA Region: Strategy or Opportunism?« | org. ISPI (Institute for International Political Studies), EuroMeSCo (Euro-Mediterranean Research, Dialogue, Advocacy) project | ISPI, Milan.

15 Sep.              Keynote »Europe and Iran: When the Forgotten Revolt« | 6th edn. »D66 Day of the Middle East: Stories of the Unusual Suspects« | org. Dutch progressive liberal party D66 | Utrecht.

4 Sep.                Iran zwischen innerem und äußerem Druck: Eine politische Betsandsaufnahme [Iran between internal and external pressure: A political balance-sheet]| »Wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit mit Iran in Zeiten der US- Sanktionen« [Economic cooperation with Iran in times of U.S. sanctions] conference| org. Gesellschaft zur Förderung von Wissenstransfer Ost–West (Society for Promotion of East–West Knowledge Transfer), Berlin.

2-4 July             Roundtable »Achieving the Possible: On the Establishment of a Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone in the Middle East« | org. British American Security Information Council (BASIC) & Green Cross Switzerland | Zurich.

25 June             Beyond the Iran Nuclear Deal: Predictable and Unpredictable Consequences in State, Society and Geopolitics | Summer School »Understanding the Middle East«, Topic: »Beyond the narrative of sectarianism: The struggle for regional hegemony over natural resources and human flows«, TOMidEast, Department of Cultures, Politics and Societies, University of Turin, 25–29 June.

11 June             Iran als Regionalmacht [Iran as a regional power] | Guest lecture (via Skype) for the seminar »Iran als Regionalmacht«, convened by Dr. Homayun Alam, Institute of Political Science, Technische Universität (TU) Darmstadt.

8 May               West Asia in the Trump Era: Highlights of Key Geopolitical Developments | West Asia Center, Seoul National University Asia Center (SNUAC), Seoul National University (SNU).

3 May               Panel »The Prospect of the Iran Nuclear Deal« | 4th ROK–EU International Conference on Middle Eastern and North African Affairs | Org. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea & European External Action Service (EEAS) | 3-4 May, Four Seasons Hotel, Seoul.

9 April              Course instructor »Regionalism and Foreign Policy in the Gulf« | »Middle East Politics« Politics and International Relations core course, convened by Dr. Sophie Devroe-Richter, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI).

16 April            The 2017/2018 Iranian Revolt: Causes, Comparative Characteristics, and Consequences | Liberal Arts Lecture Series, Liberal Arts Program, Texas A&M University at Qatar.

1 May               Panel »Syria’s Chemical Weapons and the Challenge of WMDs in the Middle East« w/ Richard Weitz (Senior Fellow & Director, Center for Political-Military Analysis, Hudson Institute) | Brookings Doha Center.

27 March          The Iranian and Persian-Language Media Landscape: Limitations and Resistance | Brookings Doha Center (BDC) Roundtable »Media Freedom in the Middle East: How to Resist the Closure of Media Networks« | BDC, Doha.

14 March          Panel »Iran – Strohfeuer oder nachhaltiger Aufschwung« | »Dialog International« VA »Die aktuelle Lage in Iran – Auswirkungen auf die Wirtschaft« [The current situation in Iran – Ramifications on the economy] | Org. vbw – Vereinigung der Bayerischen Wirtschaft (Bavarian Industry Association) | Hotel Bayerischer Hof, München.

13 March          Iran’s Regional Posture after the Recent Uprising and the Rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia | org. Brookings Doha Center & NATO Parliamentary Assembly Delegation | Four Seasons Hotel, Doha. {Report}

2–4 March        Iran – Staat, Gesellschaft und Außenpolitik im Umbruch [Iran – State, society and foreign policy in flux] | Seminar organized on behalf of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) | Düsseldorf.

1 March            3 talks on »Europa und seine Nachbarregion: Reflexionen und Lehren aus dem ›Arabischen Frühling‹ bis hin zum ›Krieg gegen den Terror‹« [Europa and its neighbouring region: Relections and lessons from the »Arab Spring« and the »War on Terror«] Spessart-Gymnasium Alzenau, Germany. {Report; Kurzfassung im Main-Echo, 12/03}

26 Feb.              Panel organizer & chair »Iran in 2018 and Beyond: External and Internal Challenges« w/ Dr. Mohammad-Kazem Sajjadpour (Pres., Institute for Political and International Studies [IPIS], Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs) & Prof. Hooshang Amirahmadi (School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University & President, American-Iranian Council) & Prof. Shafeeq Ghabra (Professor of Political Science, Kuwait University & fmr. founding President, American University of Kuwait) | Brookings Doha Center. {Reports: Qatar Tribune, 01/03, p. 3 | Gulf Times, 04/03, p. 10}

23 Feb. Missachtete Lehren aus dem »Arabischen Frühling«: Wieso Entwicklungs- und Außenpolitik in Europas Nachbarregion zusammengedacht werden muss, Keynote & Podiumsdiskussion »Die Globalisierung und die außenpolitischen Herausforderungen für Deutschland unter spezieller Betrachtung der Entwicklungsländer«, Wirtschaftsforum der Evangelischen Bank, Berlin, 22.–23.02.

22 Feb.              Introduction to the talk »Wer regiert im Iran und welche Ziel verfolgt der Iran in der Region?« [Who rules Iran and what are Iran’s goals in the region?] by Omid Nouripour, German MP, The Green Party | berlinlounge | Org. AGIT (Agentur für Integrierte Kommunikation) | Kempinski Hotel Bristol Berlin.

22 Feb.              Political and Socio-Economic Situation in the Middle East and EU Foreign and Developmental Policies | International Diplomats Programme | Federal Foreign Office (AA) of Germany, Berlin.

22 Feb.              Panel »Die aktuellen Unruhen im Iran und die Zukunft des Iran-Abkommens« [The current unrest in Iran and the future of the Iran deal] w/ Charlotte Wiedemann, journalist | Aspen Institute Germany, Berlin.

19 Feb.              Panel »Der neue Iran: Zwischen Konfrontation und Veränderung« [The new Iran: Between confrontation and change] w/ Dr. Hannes Swoboda (IIP President & ex-MEP); mod. Angela Kane (IIP Vice-President & ehem. Hohe Repräsentantin der UN in Abrüstungsfragen) | International Institute for Peace (IIP), Vienna. {video|report}

15 Feb.              »Domestic politics in Iran and foreign policy implications for Europe« | Mod. Amanda Paul, Senior Policy Analyst, EPC | European Policy Centre (EPC), Brussels.

14 Feb.              Panel »Transatlantic Perspectives on Iran« with Dr. Ian Lesser (Vice-President, Foreign Policy & Executive Director, Transatlantic Center, GMF) | GMF series »Mediterranean Mornings« | Org. German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) Brussels & American Jewish Committee (AJC) Transatlantic Institute (TAI) | GMF Mediterranean Policy Program, Brussels.

13 Feb.              A Critique of Iran Analyses in the Rohani Era: Deconstructing Eight Key Hypotheses | Seminar »Où va l’Iran ?« [Where is Iran headed to ?], mod. Prof. Firouzeh Nahvandi, Institute of Sociology Director & CECID Director | Centre d’Études de la Coopération Internationale et du Développement (CECID), Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Brussels.

10 Feb.              Chairing »Raving Iran« panel with Blade&Beard | Studio, Essen.