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Mohammadbagher Forough

Assistant professor of International Relations at Leiden University & Associate researcher at Clingendael Institute, The Netherlands, Leiden University

Dr. Mohammadbagher Forough's current research investigates contemporary shifts in global geopolitics/geo-economics. More specifically, he focuses on the rise of China as a global power and Iran as a regional power. Sino-Iranian relations are a major intersection of his research interests.

In terms of China, he investigates the geopolitical and geo-economic implications of China's New Silk Road initiative, otherwise known as the Belt and Road (B&R) initiative, with a focus on connectivity, infrastructure, and energy security.

In terms of Iran, the focus of his research is Iran's international relations in the Middle East and also sino-Iranian relations.


  • 2016–present
    Associate researcher, Clingendael Institute, The Netherlands
  • 2016–present
    Assistant professor, Leiden University, The Netherlands


  • 2015 
    Groningen University , PhD