Nader began his career as a freelance journalist and writer in his native Iraq in 1965. He became known for his writing as a fine art and literary critic, and more latterly for his political commentaries.
He has held leading editorial posts for a number of publications. His first novel Al Tal (The Hill) was published by the Aafaq Arabiyeh publishing house in 2001. He is a member of the Iraq Journalists Union and the Iraqi Writers Union. He was the guest writer of Copenhagen City of Refuge from 2012 to 2014.