Ali Fathollah-Nejad is a German-Iranian political scientist focusing on Iran, the Middle East and the post-unipolar world order. He is a McCloy fellow on global trends at the American Council on Germany and an associate fellow with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, where he publishes a report titled Iran in Focus. He is the author of “Iran in an Emerging New World Order: From Ahmadinejad to Rouhani” (2021).
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