Kourosh Ziabari

Kourosh Ziabari is an award-winning Iranian journalist. He is the recipient of a Chevening Scholarship awarded to him by the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He has conducted numerous interviews with politicians, diplomats, Nobel Prize laureates, academics and other public figures from around the world. In 2015, Kourosh was the recipient of the Senior Journalists Seminar Fellowship from the East-West Center in Hawaii. As the fellowship's youngest awardee, he reported on the interrelationship between religion and foreign policy decision-making from the United States, Malaysia and Pakistan. In November 2015, he won the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellowship in Cultural Journalism by the FNPI foundation in Cartagena, Colombia. He was the first Iranian delegate at the American Middle Eastern Network for Dialog at Stanford (AMENDS), addressing its 2016 edition. He was selected for the event in recognition of his contributions to improved Iran-US dialogue. Kourosh has delivered talks at Goldsmiths, University of London and Cambridge Union, the most esteemed debating society in the United Kingdom. In February 2018, he was named the Journalist of the Month by the International Journalists Network. He has reported from events worldwide on fellowships by Deutsche Welle, European Youth Press, UNESCO, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Heinrich Boll Foundation, Council of Europe and University of Calgary. Kourosh Ziabari is a reporter and correspondent at Fair Observer.

Climate Change Will Impact the Human Rights of Millions

December 15, 2020

While the international community’s attention is consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic and a myriad of crisis, from the wars in Syria and Yemen to the Middle East peace process, Brexit and a severe global economic downturn, climate change continues to wreak havoc on societies around the world, putting into question...

Israel Will Continue Disregarding International Law

November 03, 2020

The Israeli–Palestinian conflict is now in its 72nd year. Israel has been given renewed impetus after agreeing to the Abraham Accords with the United Arab Emirates on August 13, when the two states announced the normalization of diplomatic relations. Bahrain soon followed in Abu Dhabi’s footsteps. Now, along with Sudan, there are five...

What Explains Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy?

October 20, 2020

Ever since his inauguration in 2017, US President Donald Trump has placed an emphasis on unilateralism and the rejection of international organizations and treaties as the hallmarks of his foreign policy. Trump has assumed an aggressive modus operandi in dealing with US partners worldwide and alienated many allies. He repealed US...

Governments Must Recognize the Importance of the Youth

October 07, 2020

In 2015, world leaders attending the United Nations General Assembly agreed to 17 goals for a better world. Known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the aim is to meet these objectives by the year 2030 in a bid to end poverty, achieve gender equality, ensure access to quality education,...

What a Serial Traveler Thinks of Iran

September 30, 2020

Iran’s unpopular quest for nuclear energy has dominated news headlines for decades. This has left little room for reporting on less-discussed topics about the country. One of these is tourism. At a time of a pandemic, Iran continues to face grueling international sanctions and domestic divisions. But it is an...

What Iran Can Learn From Saudi Arabia

August 31, 2020

Over three years have passed since Mohammed bin Salman became the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. The challenges he has faced throughout this time have been too colossal for a 35-year-old leader to accommodate. Yet the prince has sought to give the impression of a strong social reformer. Indeed, some...

The One-State Reality to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

July 13, 2020

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been raging for over seven decades, and the prospects for peace have never seemed more distant than today. The two-state solution, which was once the most widely-accepted remedy for the impasse, has lost traction, and efforts by the United Nations and other intermediaries to resolve the...

Why Has Islamophobia Risen in America?

July 08, 2020

Islamophobia in the US has increased ever since the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Discrimination and hate crimes against American Muslims skyrocketed immediately after the deadliest assault on US soil took place. Despite sporadic efforts by former President Barack Obama to bridge the religious and racial divides, anti-Muslim prejudice was further...

Will Qatar Succeed in Hosting the First Carbon-Neutral World Cup?

May 26, 2020

The 22nd FIFA World Cup in 2022 will be hosted by Qatar, meaning that for the first time in history the international association football bonanza will be held in the Arab world. Football aficionados are waiting to see how a Muslim-majority country that beat the United States as host will...

What the “Deal of the Century” Means for Israel and Palestine

March 26, 2020

On January 28, US President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which he hailed as the “deal of the century.” This is the latest attempt by the US to mediate between the Israelis and Palestinians and end the seven-decade-old dispute. The deal sparked outrage by the Palestinians...

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