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Ali Fathollah-Nejad is a nonresident fellow with the Center on Middle East Policy at Brookings and is a former visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center. He is currently senior lecturer in Middle East and comparative politics at the University of Tübingen’s Institute of Political Science, where he is also coordinator of the joint master’s program with the American University in Cairo (AUC). In the fall 2018 term, he was also an adjunct assistant professor in the Ph.D. program of Qatar University’s Gulf Studies Center. Before that, he was a post-doctoral associate with the Iran Project at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center 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 honorary affiliated researcher with Centre d’Études de la Coopération Internationale et du Développement (CECID) at Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Freie Universität (FU) Berlin’s Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics. Due to COVID-19, his March 2020 visiting professorship at the Centre for International Studies of the University of Economics in Prague was postponed.

Fathollah-Nejad holds a doctorate in international relations from the Department of Development Studies at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, with a dissertation on Iran’s international relations in the 2000s in a changing world order. He has also taught courses on globalization and development in the Middle East, 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 about 200 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 and reads Dutch.

He has given about 200 talks in English, German, and French at academic (e.g. Harvard Kennedy School, SOAS, Imperial College London, Seoul National University Asia Center, University of Cape Town, University of Economics in Prague, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Kadir Has University in Istanbul, Humboldt University of Berlin) and political institutions (e.g. European Parliament, House of Commons, German Federal Foreign Office, MED – Mediterranean Dialogues, University of Law in London, Vienna School of International Studies, Iranian Foreign Ministry think-tank IPIS).

Over the last decade, Fathollah-Nejad was part of several initiatives toward building a security architecture for the Middle East. He also provided consultancy on Iran-related issues for Members of the European Parliament and of the German Bundestag as well as on Middle East geopolitics for the International Crisis Group and for global risk consultancies, such as Control Risks (London). He was also outside evaluator for the International Broadcasting Bureau of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (now the U.S. Agency for Global Media). He served in evaluation committees for German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO) annual conferences. 

Fathollah-Nejad is the author of, most recently, “The Islamic Republic of Iran Four Decades On: The 2017/18 Protests Amid a Triple Crisis” (Brookings Analysis Paper) and “The Politics of Culture in Times of Rapprochement: European Cultural and Academic Exchange with Iran (2015–16)” (Wissenschaftsverlag WeltTrends). His forthcoming book is entitled “Iran in an Emerging New World Order: From Ahmadinejad to Rouhani” (Palgrave Macmillan’s Studies in Iranian Politics).

Ali Fathollah-Nejad is a nonresident fellow with the Center on Middle East Policy at Brookings and is a former visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center. He is currently senior lecturer in Middle East and comparative politics at the University of Tübingen’s Institute of Political Science, where he is also coordinator of the joint master’s program with the American University in Cairo (AUC). In the fall 2018 term, he was also an adjunct assistant professor in the Ph.D. program of Qatar University’s Gulf Studies Center. Before that, he was a post-doctoral associate with the Iran Project at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center 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 honorary affiliated researcher with Centre d’Études de la Coopération Internationale et du Développement (CECID) at Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Freie Universität (FU) Berlin’s Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics. Due to COVID-19, his March 2020 visiting professorship at the Centre for International Studies of the University of Economics in Prague was postponed.

Fathollah-Nejad holds a doctorate in international relations from the Department of Development Studies at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, with a dissertation on Iran’s international relations in the 2000s in a changing world order. He has also taught courses on globalization and development in the Middle East, 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 about 200 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 and reads Dutch.

He has given about 200 talks in English, German, and French at academic (e.g. Harvard Kennedy School, SOAS, Imperial College London, Seoul National University Asia Center, University of Cape Town, University of Economics in Prague, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Kadir Has University in Istanbul, Humboldt University of Berlin) and political institutions (e.g. European Parliament, House of Commons, German Federal Foreign Office, MED – Mediterranean Dialogues, University of Law in London, Vienna School of International Studies, Iranian Foreign Ministry think-tank IPIS).

Over the last decade, Fathollah-Nejad was part of several initiatives toward building a security architecture for the Middle East. He also provided consultancy on Iran-related issues for Members of the European Parliament and of the German Bundestag as well as on Middle East geopolitics for the International Crisis Group and for global risk consultancies, such as Control Risks (London). He was also outside evaluator for the International Broadcasting Bureau of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (now the U.S. Agency for Global Media). He served in evaluation committees for German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO) annual conferences. 

Fathollah-Nejad is the author of, most recently, “The Islamic Republic of Iran Four Decades On: The 2017/18 Protests Amid a Triple Crisis” (Brookings Analysis Paper) and “The Politics of Culture in Times of Rapprochement: European Cultural and Academic Exchange with Iran (2015–16)” (Wissenschaftsverlag WeltTrends). His forthcoming book is entitled “Iran in an Emerging New World Order: From Ahmadinejad to Rouhani” (Palgrave Macmillan’s Studies in Iranian Politics).

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