Dr. Mohammadbagher Forough

Research Fellow

  • Short CV

    • Since 04/2021: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies and at the project "World Order Narratives of the Global South" (WONAGO)

    • 09/2016 - 01/2021: Assistant Professor of International Relations and Iranian Studies at Leiden University, The Netherlands

    • 09/2014 - 08/2016: Lecturer of International Security at Groningen University

    • 01/2016-present: Associate Researcher at Clingendael Institute of International Relations, The Hague, The Netherlands

    • 09/2019-present: Affiliate Researcher at Leiden Asia Centre, Leiden, Netherlands

    • Education: PhD in International Security, Groningen University, The Netherlands

    Current Research

    • Geoeconomics (infrastructure-security nexus)

    • Middle East-China Relations

    • China’s Belt and Road Initiative (aka “The New Silk Road”)

    • Cybersecurity (“Digital Silk Road”, China 2025, etc.)

    Countries and Regions

    • The Middle East (Iran and GCC)

    • East Asia (China)

    Dr. Mohammadbagher Forough

    Research Fellow


    Contribution | 01/2022

    China-GCC Relations in 2022

    GIGA Focus Middle East | 7/2021

    Raisi’s Foreign Policy: Pragmatic Revolutionism and the Iranian Pivot to Asia

    This GIGA Focus sheds light on the new Iranian conservative president Sayyid Ebrahim Raisi, and his doctrine of “pragmatic revolutionism.” The author analyses what the Iranian Asia-oriented foreign policy entails geopolitically and geoeconomically, and suggests how the multilateralist tendencies can be used by policymakers.

    Research Project | 01/04/2021 - 31/03/2024

    World Order Narratives of the Global South

    The decades since the late twentieth century are marked by the end of the bipolar world order and the rise of countries of the Global South. Most explanations focus on political and economic power shifts and do not pay much attention to ideas of order, especially those prevalent in the Global South. To provide a more inclusive perspective, this project researches world order narratives in Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Asia. It is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of its Area Studies strategy.
    BMBF, 2021-2024

    Deutsche Welle | Interview | 07/10/2021

    Neue Runde im iranischen Atompoker

    Leiden Asia Centre | Expert Comment / Guest Contribution | 28/01/2021

    The Belt and Road Initiative Revisited

    Speaker | 01/2022

    China and the Middle Eastern Green Energy Sector

    Leiden Asia Centre Leiden: 01/2022

    The Increasing Role of China in the Middle Eastern Green Energy Sector

    Speaker | 20/12/2021

    Conference on the Role of the Middle East in the New Silk Road

    Ministry of Roads and Urban Development Teheran: 20/12/2021

    Speaker | 28/10/2021

    The World between American Geopolitics and Chinese Geoeconomics

    GLOBSEC Brussels Brussels: 28/10/2021

    Presenting a chapter I wrote on this topic for Globsec, on China and the Broader Black Sea Region


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