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The text is a slightly updated version of the same essay that appeared in 'New Politics' (New York), Summer 2013. A shorter version of this article (that has initially been drafted in late 2011) has been published in the leading intellectual outlet of the German-speaking world, in the “Feuilleton” pages of the 'Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung' on 3 January 2013. It was published in an Arabic translation on 'Jadaliyya' (Washington, DC & Beirut: Arab Studies Institute) on 15 February 2013.


ANKARA | 18–22 Aug. 2014 | Paper presentation by Ali Fathollah-Nejad on "Development-Based Foreign Policy? Comparing Iran’s and Turkey’s Strategies" | Double-panel on “Foreign policies in the Middle East and North Africa/Les politiques étrangères du Moyen Orient et de l’Afrique du Nord)”, organized by and Dr. Irene Fernández-Molina (Research Fellow, European Neighbourhood Policy Chair, European Interdisciplinary Studies Department, Natolin Campus, College of Europe, Warsaw) & Dr. Miguel Hernando de Larramendi, Facultad de Humanidades de Toledo, University of Castilla–La Mancha (UCLM), Spain | 4th World Congress for Middle East Studies (WOCMES), Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, 18–22 August 2014.

CAMBRIDGE (UK) | 25–28 Aug. 2014 | Paper presentation by Ali Fathollah-Nejad: "Merely a Charm Offensive? The Foreign-Policy School of Thought behind Iran’s New Foreign Policy – With a Special Emphasis on the GCC" | Panel “Iran and the GCC: Prospects for Change?”, organized by Dr. Paul Aarts (University of Amsterdam) and Dr. Luciano Zaccara (Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service in Qatar) | 2014 Gulf Research Meeting (GRM), Gulf Research Centre Cambridge (GRCC) University of Cambridge.


(Feb. 2014) Ali Fathollah-Nejad is now primarily based in Berlin (Germany).

(Nov. 2013) [de] Ali Fathollah-Nejad ist nun ein regelmäßiger Autor für die 'Huffington Post Deutschland'.
[en] Ali Fathollah-Nejad has become a regular contributor to the newly-launched 'The Huffington Post Germany'.

(July 2013) Ali Fathollah-Nejad has been appointed as Reviewer for the new academic journal 'International Relations and Diplomacy', published in California, USA.

(May 2013) [en] Ali Fathollah-Nejad has been appointed as Visiting Analyst at the futureorg Institute in Dortmund (Germany), a think-tank concerned with societal transformations and diversity in 21st-century Europe. At the institute, he specializes on international relations, processes of change in the era of globalization, multiculturalization, and diversity.
[de] Ali Fathollah-Nejad ist Gast-Analyst am futureorg Institut zu den Themengebieten Internationale Beziehungen, Wandel in der Globalisierung, Multikulturalisierung und Diversität. Er ist Doktorand der Internationalen Beziehungen an der School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, sowie am Institut für Soziologie, Universität Münster. Am futureorg Institut schließt er seine Promotion im Bereich der Internationalen Beziehungen ab. Er war an verschiedenen Universitäten Lehrbeauftragter. Er ist gefragter Autor für zahlreiche nationalen wie internationalen Publikationen. Ali Fathollah-Nejad spricht neben Deutsch und Persisch auch Englisch und Französisch."