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Database of Middle East North Africa Social Policy Expertise

Dr. Ali Fathollah-Nejad

Dr. Ali Fathollah-Nejad (PhD SOAS) is a political scientist with a focus on Iran, the Middle East, the post-unipolar world order as well as right-wing populism in the West. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Doha Center since Oct. 2017. In the fall 2018 term, he was a part-time Assistant Professor in the PhD program of 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 as well as the Centre d’Études de la Coopération Intertiole et du Développement (CECID) at Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

Doctorate, SOAS, U of London
Current or most recent Employer

Visiting Fellow

Brookings Doha Center
Time in Post - 2

Organisation Type: Consultancy and research - including think-tanks (not for profit)

Regional Expertise


Disciplinary or professional background

Development Studies, Government, Policy/political advocacy (including human rights), Other


English (Spoken), English (Written), English (Primary Writing Language), French (Spoken), French (Written), French (Primary Writing Language), Other* (Spoken), Other* (Written),
Other *German

Contact Info

Okerstr. 15 12049 Berlin
Social Media (Other)

Public Profiles

Current Areas of Policy Interest

Inequality ( 5 years )

Poverty or deprivation measurement ( 5 years )

Economic development ( 5 years )

Conflict & Security ( 10 years )

Work relates to groups

Youth ( 3 years )

Women ( 1 years )

Areas of Policy Interest over the last ten years

Areas of Policy Interest researched, programmes designed and/or delivered in the last ten years

Poverty/deprivation measurement


Governance (National)

Education policy

Gender equality

Labour and employment polices

Economic development

Conflict & Security


Academic publications
Rouhani's Neoliberal Doctrine Has Failed Iran, Washington, DC: Middle East Institute, 18/05/2017,

Academic conferences
The Iranian Revolt 2017/18: Causes, comparative characteristics and consequences, talk within the the Liberal Arts Lecture Series at Texas A&M University at Qatar, 16/04/2018.

Professional or Trade Press

Was bewegt die Jugend in Iran? [What drives the youth in Iran?], Böll.Fokus, Berlin: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, 28/03/2018.


Social Media

Policy Reports

Policy Briefs
Europe and the Future of Iran Policy: Dealing with a Dual Crisis, Brookings Institution, 2018

Consultancy Reports