Dr. Hamidreza Azizi

Dr. Hamidreza Azizi

Research Division: Middle East and Africa
Visiting Fellow


Alexander von Humboldt Fellow – Research project title: »Iran’s Foreign Policy Making in the Middle East: A Comparative Study of Iraq and Syria«

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

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
Hamidreza Azizi, Yulia Sveshnikova

War of Interests for Peace in Syria

in: Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), 13.12.2017

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

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

SWP Research Papers

Stephan Roll
A Sovereign Wealth Fund for the Prince

Economic Reforms and Power Consolidation in Saudi Arabia

Muriel Asseburg, Wolfram Lacher, Mareike Transfeld
Mission Impossible?

UN Mediation in Libya, Syria and Yemen