“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Dr. Ali Fathollah-Nejad is an Iranian–German political scientist based in Doha and Berlin. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Doha Center, the Middle East center of the Brookings Institution. He is also an Associate at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center’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. Educated at universities in France (Sciences-Po Lille), Germany (Münster) and the Netherlands (Twente), he earned his PhD in International Relations from the Department of Development Studies of SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London, with a dissertation on Iran’s international relations in the 2000s in a changing world order.
Fathollah-Nejad is also a Research Associate at the Centre of International Cooperation and Development Research (CECID) of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and has been an Expert in Culture and Foreign Policy with the Institute for International Cultural Relations (ifa), writing the major study on Germany’s foreign cultural and educational policy towards Iran after the nuclear deal.
Fathollah-Nejad has taught courses on globalization and development in West Asia and North Africa, contemporary Iran and the Arab Revolts among others at Freie Universität (FU) Berlin’s Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics, the University of Westminster and SOAS.
A frequent speaker at political forums (including the European Parliament, the House of Commons, the French National Assembly, the University of Law in London and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna) and academic conferences, he also regularly contributes to international media outlets. In addition to two monographs on the post-“9/11” U.S.–Iran conflict, he has written over 100 analytical pieces in English, German and French – with translations into almost a dozen languages. His work has been published worldwide, e.g. in The Guardian, Al Jazeera English, openDemocracy, World Policy Journal, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Internationale Politik (IP), Der Tagesspiegel, Huffington Post (France, Quebec & Germany editions), Géostratégiques, L’Orient-Le Jour, Insight Turkey, Iranian Diplomacy and the Palestine–Israel Journal of Politics, Economics and Culture.Last Updated: Jan 14, 2018, 9:33pm