Dr. Hamidreza Azizi

Dr. Hamidreza Azizi

Research Division: Africa and Middle East
Visiting Fellow


Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (fincanced by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation) – Research project title: »Iran’s Foreign Policy Making in the Middle East: A Comparative Study of Iraq and Syria«
Hosted by: Dr. Muriel Asseburg

2016-2020 Assistant Professor of Regional Studies at Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran

2016-2018 Guest Lecturer at the Regional Studies Department at the University of Tehran

2011-2015 Ph.D. Candidate in Regional Studies at the University of Tehran

2012-2013 Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies, Tehran

Areas of Expertise:

Iranian Foreign Policy, Syria, Iraq, Iran-Russia Relations, Geopolitics and Security in the Middle East and Central Eurasia

SWP Publications (selection):

Muriel Asseburg, Hamidreza Azizi, Galip Dalay, Moritz Pieper

The Covid-19 Pandemic and Conflict Dynamics in Syria

Neither a Turning Point Nor an Overall Determinant

SWP Comment 2020/C 21, May 2020, 8 Pages


Hamidreza Azizi

Iran’s Multi-Faceted Strategy in Deir ez‑Zor

From Fighting Terrorism to Creating a Zone of Influence

SWP Comment 2020/C 15, March 2020, 4 Pages


External Publications (selection):

Hamidreza Azizi, Hanna Notte

Can Russia Help Biden Get a Comprehensive Agreement with Iran?

in: The National Interest, January 19, 2021 (online)
Hamidreza Azizi, Vali Golmohammadi, Amir Hossein Vazirian

Trump’s “maximum pressure” and anti‐containment in Iran’s regional policy

in: Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES), 27.10.2020 (online)
Hamidreza Azizi

Russian Arms Trade Approach in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Economic and Strategic Aspects

in: Geopolitics Quarterly, Vol. 14, No. 2, Winter 2019
Hamidreza Azizi, Leonid Issaev

Russian and Iranian Economic Interests in Syria

(Pre-2010 and intra-war period)

in: Geneva Center for Security Policy (gcsp.ch), May 2019
Hamidreza Azizi

Iran in Syria: Decision-Making Actors, Interests and Priorities

in: Geneva Center for Security Policy (gcsp.ch), March 2019

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

Hamidreza Azizi, Vali Golmohammadi

Are Iran and Turkey on a Collision Course in Iraq?

Friction between Tehran and Ankara in Iraq is rooted in balance-of-power considerations and their quest for greater influence.

in: The National Interest, 13.03.2021 (online)
Hamidreza Azizi, Maysam Behravesh

Israel’s Peace Deals Are a Strategic Nightmare for Iran

in: Foreign Policy, 14.09.2020 (online)
Hamidreza Azizi, Maysam Behravesh

Why an Iran-U.S. Detente Could Still Occur Under Joe Biden

The Biden foreign policy team hopes to use nuclear de-escalation with Tehran as a stepping stone to fostering a “modus vivendi” between Iran and its regional rivals, a more realistic approach that might go down well with Ayatollah Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards.

In: The National Interest, 11.08.2020 (online)
Hamidreza Azizi

The corona crisis could trigger a change in Iran’s foreign policy

The pandemic appears to have revealed the limits of Iran's 'Look to the East' strategy for preserving its national interests.

in: International Politics and Society, 24.04.2020 (online)

SWP Comments

Muriel Asseburg
Palestinian Elections, Finally

Significance, Challenges and European Responsibilities

Günther Maihold, Melanie Müller, Christina Saulich, Svenja Schöneich
Responsibility in Supply Chains

Germany’s Due Diligence Act Is a Good Start

SWP Research Papers

Peter Lintl
The Haredim as a Challenge for the Jewish State

The Culture War over Israel’s Identity

Muriel Asseburg
Reconstruction in Syria

Challenges and Policy Options for the EU and its Member States