Ali Fathollah-Nejad is a German Iranian political scientist focusing on Iran, the Middle East, and the post-unipolar world order. At IFI, he will be publishing a monthly brief titled "Iran in Focus" (which was previously published under the name "Iran 1400 Brief" by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Middle East). He is the author of the much-acclaimed book Iran in an Emerging New World Order: From Ahmadinejad to Rouhani.
Ali holds a PhD in international relations from the Department of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS) and was the winner of the 2016/17 post-doctoral fellowship of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Iran Project. He is also an affiliated researcher with the Centre d’Études de la Coopération Internationale et du Développement (CECID) at Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Freie Universität (FU) Berlin’s Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics and the Afro–Middle East Centre (AMEC), South Africa’s think-tank specialized on the Middle East. More recently, he was a senior lecturer on the Middle East and Comparative Politics at the University of Tübingen and an adjunct assistant professor in the PhD program of Qatar University’s Gulf Studies Center. Ali is also the former Iran expert of the Brookings Institution in Doha (BDC, 2017–20) and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP, 2015–18). In 2020, he published two monographs: The Islamic Republic of Iran Four Decades On: The 2017/18 Protests Amid a Triple Crisis and The Politics of Culture in Times of Rapprochement: European Cultural and Academic Exchange with Iran (2015–16).
Issues of Expertise
Iran, Middle East, Western foreign policy, Europe, Germany
Regions/Countries of Expertise
Iran, Middle East, Europe, Germany
English, German, French, Persian