Hamid Talebian

Doctoral Researcher


  • Short CV

    • Since 03/2022: Research fellow at the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies

    • Since 10/2022: Doctoral researcher at the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies and University of Hamburg

    • 11/2021 - 12/2021: Consultant at the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA)

    • 03/2021 - 07/2021: Gender-based violence (GBV) advising assistant at the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA)

    • 2015-2018: Research fellow/coordinator at Iran Future Studies Research Institute 

    • Education: B.A. in Political Science, University of Tehran; MPhil in Global Development (specialization in Gender), University of Bergen

    Current Research

    • Iran's foreign policy towards Africa 
    • Transnational Shia politics and networks

    Countries and Regions

    • Iran
    • West Africa

    GIGA Focus Global | 6/2022

    Bolstering the Bromances: Turkey’s and Iran’s Tightening Ties with Africa

    The war against Ukraine has created possibilities for emerging actors in Africa – such as Iran and Turkey – to scale up their engagement with the continent. This Focus deals with the question of how the changing global dynamics are allowing Iran and Turkey to boost their ties across the African continent.

    Mira Demirdirek

    Research Fellow

    Hamid Talebian

    Doctoral Researcher

    GIGA Focus Middle East | 6/2022

    Iran’s Uprisings: A Feminist Foreign Policy Approach

    Iran’s uprisings carry strong implications for states that have adopted a feminist foreign policy. For Germany, this is an opportunity to showcase the potential of its recent turn towards a new feminist foreign policy agenda.

    Diba Mirzaei

    Doctoral Researcher

    Hamid Talebian

    Doctoral Researcher

    Research Project | 01/03/2022 - 28/02/2025

    Explaining Middle-Power Engagement in External Regions: A Comparison of Iranian, Saudi, and Turkish Sub-Saharan Africa Policies

    By means of a comparative historical analysis of Iranian, Saudi-Arabian, and Turkish engagement in Africa following the continent’s decolonization processes and running up until 2020, this project seeks to make sense of middle-power engagement in external regions. First, the project will identify the periods of shifting IST engagement in Africa. Second, it will analyze the reasons why, and the conditions under which, IST have stepped up—or reduced—their foreign policy efforts in Africa. Third, it will develop mid-range generalizations on middle-power engagement in external regions.
    DFG, 2022-2025

    themedialine | Interview | 16/01/2023

    Facing a Very Cold Winter, Gas-rich Iran Shutters Institutions To Save Gas

    Iran lacks technology and infrastructure to develop its massive gas reserves. GIGA researcher Hamid Talebian provides background information.

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