Dr. Mohammadbagher Forough

Research Fellow

Dr. Mohammadbagher Forough

  • 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


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

    World Order Narratives of the Global South (WONAGO)

    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

    Conference | 14/06/2023 - 16/06/2023

    Hydrogen Futures: Competition/Cooperation between India, China and the EU

    Offene Sektionstagung der Sektion Internationale Beziehungen der DVPW, Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen Organisers: Sektion "Internationale Beziehungen", DVPW Dr. Miriam Prys-Hansen (Speaker), Dr. Mohammadbagher Forough (Speaker)

    Conference | 15/03/2023 - 18/03/2023

    China's and India's Race for Hydrogen

    ISA Annual Conference 2023, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Montreal Organisers: International Studies Association Dr. Miriam Prys-Hansen (Speaker), Dr. Mohammadbagher Forough (Speaker)


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