Ali Fathollah-Nejad is an Iranian–German political scientist and a freelance culture journalist.
Born in Tabriz (Iran), raised in Ahvaz at the time of the Iran–Iraq War.
Parents emigrate to Germany (to the Ruhr Area).
German high-school diploma (Abitur) in Essen, graduated at the top of the bilingual German−French track.
1999 – 2008
Teaching English, French, and other subjects, at various education centers in North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany), mainly with children and young adults of immigrant background.
2001 – 2008
University studies of political science, sociology and law in Lille (France), Münster (Germany), and Enschede/Twente (NL), with awarded degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts und Master of Science (both Master’s degrees with best possible marks).
2004 – 2007
Conception and presentation of the radio show “EleqtroGarde”, featuring electronic and urban music, on Radio Q.
Conception and hosting of a documentary film on the electronic music scene, in cooperation with DerInnereKreis.
Founding the Academic Advisory Board of CASMII (Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran).
Doctorate studies of International Relations in Münster (Germany) and London (UK).
Visiting Lecturer in Globalization and Development, Department of Social and Historical Studies, University of Westminster, London (UK).
He has pursued multi-lingual, multi-national and pluri-disciplinary university studies in Western European countries covering the fields of political science, sociology and law. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Public Administration and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in European Studies from the University of Münster (Germany) as well as a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Public Administration and a Master of Science (M.Sc.) cum laude in European Studies from the University of Twente (The Netherlands).
He began his studies at the Lille Institute of Political Studies (Sciences-Po Lille, France) where he obtained an Intermediate Diploma.
Since 2008 he is pursuing Ph.D. studies at both the Institute of Sociology at the University of Münster (Germany) and at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (UK).
Ali’s expertise and research interests lie in the U.S.–Iran conflict and the role of the European Union (with special attention to geopolitics, diplomacy, decision-making processes and power structures), 21st-century world order, peace and conflict studies, the foreign policies of the U.S. and EU vis-à-vis West Asia and transatlantic relations. He further focuses on politico−cultural issues of immigrant integration.
He has published over 50 pieces in English, German, and French with his articles being translated into Spanish, Arabic, French, Persian, Turkish, and Italian.
Ali is the author of a much-acclaimed study on the U.S.−Iran Crisis, entitled Iran in the Eye of Storm: Backgrounds of a Global Crisis, which had been consulted over 8,000 times from winter 2005 to spring 2007.
He is the author of Der Iran-Konflikt und die Obama-Regierung: Alter Wein in neuen Schläuchen? (The Iran Conflict and the Obama Administration: Old Wine in New Skins?) (Potsdam University Press, 2010)
From 1999 to 2004, he had been working as a teacher in various German education centers, mainly with children and young adults of immigrant background.
He has received grants from the Franco−German University and the Alfried Krupp Foundation.
Ali’s contributions have appeared in guardian.co.uk, Eurozine, WeltTrends – Zeitschrift für internationale Politik, inamo, Eurasisches Magazin, Iran Times International (Washington, DC), Qantara.de, Global Research, Mondialisation.ca, e-International Relations, Foreign Policy Journal, Die Friedens-Warte – Journal of International Peace and Organization, and many more.
He has given speeches at the European Parliament (Brussels), The College of Law (London), the Vienna School of International Studies (Diplomatic Academy of Vienna), the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London), the University of Münster (D), the University of Osnabrück (D), University of Twente (NL), and at many other venues.
Ali has been featured on Deutsche Welle, the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF), Schweizer Radio DRS, Channel S, Die Presse (Austria), and other media.
He speaks German, English, French, Persian (Farsi), and basic Dutch.
Articles by Ali Fathollah-Nejad at Tlaxcala