Dr. Azadeh Zamirirad

Dr. Azadeh Zamirirad

Research Division: Africa and Middle East
Deputy Head of Research Division


2009–2015 Lecturer (international and comparative politics), University of Potsdam

2008–2014 Editor of the journal WeltTrends

2005–2007 Project coordinator of the DAAD-funded university cooperations of Potsdam University with the Sadat Academy for Management Sciences Cairo and the University of Tehran

2001–2006 M.A. Political Science | American Studies, University of Potsdam

SWP Publications (selection):

Stephan Roll, Azadeh Zamirirad

Détente in the Gulf Region – Saudi Arabia and Iran Agree on Zones of Influence

in: Lars Brozus (ed.)
While We Were Planning

Contributions to Research Papers 2018/RP 05, September 2018, 46 Pages, S. 21-25

Corentin Brustlein, James Dobbins, Dalia Dassa Kaye, Oliver Meier, Marco Overhaus, Neil Quilliam, Charles Ries, Dorothée Schmid, Sanam Vakil, Azadeh Zamirirad

Saving Transatlantic Cooperation and the Iran Nuclear Deal

A View from Europe and the United States

SWP Comment 2018/C 09, February 2018, 4 Pages
Azadeh Zamirirad

Russia Replaces the United States as Iraq’s Security Partner

in: Sabine Fischer, Margarete Klein (eds.)
Conceivable Surprises

Contributions to Research Papers 2016/RP 10, October 2016, 78 Pages, S. 35-39

External Publications (selection):

Azadeh Zamirirad

Iran’s Shifting Nuclear Debate and the Shrinking Space for Diplomacy

Diplomacy has only a narrow window of opportunity, as the nuclear debate inside Iran remains volatile.

in: RUSI, Commentary, 16.02.2021 (online)
Azadeh Zamirirad

Missing the Target

Impact of the US »Maximum Pressure« Policy on Iran's Domestic Sphere

In: Achim Vogt and David Jalilvand (eds.): One Year After the Re-imposition of Sanctions - Perspectives on the Strategic Implications of the US »Maximum Pressure« Campaign Against Iran, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 4 November 2019: pp. 6-10.

Working Papers of the Research Division (selection):

Azadeh Zamirirad, David Ramin Jalilvand, Nikolay Kozhanov, Mohammadbagher Forough, P. R. Kumaraswamy, Ja’far Haghpanah, Dalileh Rahimi Ashtiani, Sanam Vakil, Cornelius Adebahr

Forced to Go East?

Iran’s Foreign Policy Outlook and the Role of Russia, China and India

Working Paper Research Division Middle East and Africa, 2020/01, 42 Pages


In the Media/ »Point of View« (selection):

Azadeh Zamirirad

Europe's Role in US-Iran Diplomacy

Negar Mortazavi speaks with Azadeh Zamirirad, Deputy Head of Middle East and Africa at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin, about Europe’s role in diplomacy between Iran and the US, how the Europeans helped nuclear negotiations succeed in the past and what they can do to help deescalate tensions and restart diplomacy between Tehran and Washington.

Interview with Negar Mortazavi, in: The Iran Podcast, December 3, 2020 (online)
Azadeh Zamirirad

UN Security Council rejects US proposal on Iran weapons embargo

On Friday, the UN Security Council rejected a US proposal to extend a conventional weapons embargo on Iran. Host Marco Werman speaks to Azadeh Zamirirad, an Iran researcher at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin.

Interview with Marco Werman, in: The World, 17.08.2020 (online)
Azadeh Zamirirad, Sascha Lohmann, Oliver Meier

Why Europe needs to push back to save the Iran nuclear deal

in: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, June 30, 2020 (online).
Azadeh Zamirirad

Three implications of the corona crisis in Iran

The coronavirus is more than a health challenge for the Islamic Republic. The virus is exacerbating the legitimacy crisis and pushing religion into the background, says Azadeh Zamirirad.

Point of View, 09.04.2020
Oliver Meier, Azadeh Zamirirad

What Europe can do now to save the nuclear deal with Iran

In response to Tehran’s announcement that it will no longer be implementing parts of the nuclear agreement, the EU should do everything it can to avert the danger of the accord’s full collapse and create the necessary conditions to normalise trade relations with Iran. An assessment by Oliver Meier and Azadeh Zamirirad.

Point of View, 10.05.2019

SWP Comments

Lars Brozus
(Not) Lost in Foresight

Structuring Futures Complexity in a Politically Meaningful Way

Kirsten Westphal
Nord Stream 2 – Germany’s Dilemma

SWP Research Papers

Daniel Voelsen
Internet from Space

How New Satellite Connections Could Affect Global Internet Governance

Sinem Adar, Günter Seufert
Turkey’s Presidential System after Two and a Half Years

An Overview of Institutions and Politics