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Dr. Ali Fathollah-Nejad

Freie Universität Berlin

Arbeitsstelle Politik im Maghreb, Mashreq und Golf

Affiliate of the Centre

Dr. Ali Fathollah-Nejad (PhD SOAS) is a political scientist based in Doha and Berlin, with a focus on Iran, West Asia and North Africa, the post-unipolar world order as well as right-wing populism in the West. Currently, he works as a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Doha Center and a part-time Assistant Professor at 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 Affiliated Researcher with Freie Universität (FU) Berlin’s Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics and a Research Associate at 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 taught courses on globalization and development in West Asia and North Africa, 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)

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Monographien Übersetzungen
  • 2015           Wagner, Jens (ed.) Body Count: Casualty Figures After 10 Years of the »War on Terror« – Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan<http://www.psr.org/news-events/press-releases/doctors-group-releases-startling-analysis.html>, translated from German to English by Ali Fathollah-Nejad, 1st international edn., Washington, DC: Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) & Ottawa: Physicians for Global Survival (PSG) & Berlin: IPPNW (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War) Germany.

  • 2017c         Kritik der Iran-Analysen unter Präsident Rohani: Von Dämonisierung zu Glorifizierung [Critique of Iran analyses under President Rouhani: From demonization to glorification], in: Ernst, Oliver (ed.) Iran-Reader 2017: Beiträge zum deutsch-iranischen Kulturdialog, Sankt Augustin & Berlin (Germany): Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), pp. 9–24.
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