Dr. Hana Attia


Dr. Hana Attia

  • Kurzer Lebenslauf

    • Seit 10/2023: Assoziierte wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am GIGA Institut für Afrika-Studien
    • 05/2022 - 09/2023: Interims-Sprecherin des Forschungsteams "Interventionen und Sicherheit" im FSP 2 "Frieden und Sicherheit"
    • Seit 08/2018: Doktorandin in der Graduate School of Decision Sciences, Universität Konstanz und im GIGA Doctoral Programme

    • 08/2018 - 09/2023: Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am GIGA Institut für Afrika-Studien im Projekt „The Termination of International Sanctions: Causes, Processes and Domestic Consequences“

    • 2017 - 2018: Praktikum und daraufhin Quantitative Junior Research Manager bei der GIM GmbH

    • 2016 - 2017: Studentische Hilfskraft im Sonderforschungsbereich 884 und am Lehrstuhl für Quantitative Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung der Universität Mannheim. Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft im sozio-politischen Think Tank in Kairo

    • 2015 - 2016: Gaststudentin an der Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore und School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington D.C.

    • Studium: B.A. und M.A. Politikwissenschaft an der Universität Mannheim mit Schwerpunkt Internationale Beziehungen und Quantitative Methoden

    Aktuelle Forschung

    • Internationale Sanktionen

    • Internationale Organisationen (U.N Forschung)

    • Autoritäre Regime

    • Quantitative Methoden

    Länder und Regionen

    • Naher Osten - Nordafrika (MENA)


    • Biased Coercion: The Imposition, Management, and Termination of US Sanctions


    • Ausgezeichnete Dissertation: GIGA-Forscherin Dr. Hana Attia erhält den „Aquila Ascendens“ Nachwuchspreis für Sicherheitspolitik, DialogForum Sicherheitspolitik (DFS), 2023

    Dr. Hana Attia



    Journal of Global Security Studies | 12.2023

    Easier In than Out: Lessons Learned from the Termination of the Iraq Sanctions Regime

    Reconstructing previously neglected debates about ending sanctions for the “watershed case” of the UN embargo against Iraq, we find that the United States depicted the lifting of sanctions as an all-or-nothing question, which impeded a more gradual approach toward ending the measures.

    International Studies Quarterly | 06.2023

    Monitoring the Monitor? Selective Responses to Human Rights Transgressions

    This paper investigates whether sanctions based on standardized human rights assessments are also influenced by senders’ strategic political and economic interests.

    Kapitel in Sammelband | 2023

    The Termination of International Sanctions: Actors, Processes and Consequences

    The termination of sanctions is an important but largely understudied phenomenon within international politics. The chapter conceptualizes the protracted process of sanctions termination and conducts an in-depth analysis of termination patterns of European Union, United Nations, United States and regional-organization sanctions in the post-Cold War era.

    Datensatz | 2022

    International Sanctions Termination Dataset

    The International Sanctions Termination (IST) dataset is composed of the entire universe of sanctions imposed by the EU, UN, US and regional organizations in the period from 1990 to 2018, including those that were already in place by 1990 and those still ongoing...


    Forschungsprojekt | 01.01.2022 - 30.09.2024

    Sanctions Termination in Times of Crises: Unpacking the Role of External Shocks

    In March 2020, the UN Secretary-General called for the easing of sanctions against Iran in response to COVID-19. Hence, external shocks are potentially related to sanctions termination. Yet, the effect of different types of external shocks such as pandemics, natural disasters, and economic crises on the (gradual) removal of sanctions has not been systematically studied. This project examines when and how external shocks affect sanctions termination through a nested research design combining new data collection, statistical analyses, and two case studies.
    DFG, 2022-2024

    Forschungsprojekt | 01.06.2020 - 28.02.2021

    Population Growth and Security in Africa

    As recent projections estimate, population growth will remain a challenge throughout Africa, although growth rates have slowed over recent decades. Africa’s population will continue to grow strongly over the next few decades, especially in sub-regions such as the Sahel. Many observers and practitioners have started to warn that population growth may escalate distributional conflicts and could increase related challenges such as uncontrolled migration.
    FFO, 2020-2021

    Forschungsprojekt | 01.08.2018 - 31.07.2021

    The Termination of International Sanctions: Causes, Processes and Domestic Consequences

    Sanctions termination has become a ubiquitous phenomenon in international politics. Controversies about cases such as Cuba, Iran, Russia, and Zimbabwe exemplify the contested nature of policy debates about the termination of sanctions. Yet, research has focused on sanctions’ implementation and effectiveness, directing little attention towards their removal. This project examines the causes, processes, and consequences of ending sanctions. It combines cross-national analyses based on the first global dataset on sanctions termination with in-depth case studies covering different regions.
    DFG, 2018-2021

    Foreign Times | Interview | 14.06.2023

    Sanktionen und ihre Probleme

    Ein Gespräch über Sanktionen: Wie sie wirken, warum sie nicht wirken und was sich bessern muss, am Beispiel Iran.

    Neue Züricher Zeitung | Interview | 26.07.2022

    Ägyptens Ohnmacht, Äthiopiens Stolz – die Gespräche über den Staudamm am Blauen Nil stecken in der Sackgasse

    Schon das dritte Jahr in Folge befüllt Äthiopien den Stausee am Grand-Ethiopian-Renaissance-Damm. Ägypten fürchtet daher um seine Wasserversorgung und droht mit Krieg. Eine Einigung in dem brisanten Streit ist nicht in Sicht.

    Brut. Egypt | Interview | 15.01.2022

    Egypt and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

    Konferenz | 03.04.2024 - 06.04.2024

    Public Opinion on Sanctions Compliance and Evasion: Experimental Evidence from the 2022–23 Russia Sanctions

    ISA Annual Conference 2024, Hilton Hotel, San Francisco Organisation: International Studies Association Dr. Julia Grauvogel (Vortragende:r), Dr. Hana Attia (Vortragende:r)

    Private companies play a critical but under-researched role for sanctions success. We examine what citizens think about companies’ responses to sanctions and whether firms that chose to continue doing business in the target state can successfully justify this decision.

    Konferenz | 05.11.2023 - 07.11.2023

    A Story of Exemptions rather than Termination: Humanitarian Crises and the Lifting of International Sanctions

    IHSA Conference on Humanitarian Studies, Online Event and Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dhaka Organisation: International Humanitarian Studies Association Dr. Julia Grauvogel (Vortragende:r), Dr. Hana Attia (Vortragende:r)

    COVID-19 did not significantly alter decisions related to the termination of sanctions in the years 2020 and 2021. There, are however, other temporary adjustment strategies by the senders in form of humanitarian exemptions and general licenses that were issued during these two years.

    Konferenz | 14.06.2023 - 16.06.2023

    Offene Sektionstagung der Sektion Internationale Beziehungen der DVPW

    Offene Sektionstagung der Sektion Internationale Beziehungen der DVPW, Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen Organisation: Sektion "Internationale Beziehungen", DVPW Dr. Julia Grauvogel (Chair), Dr. Hana Attia (Chair)

    This panel brings together papers that empirically explore and conceptually discuss the full life cycle of sanctions, covering key aspects of their onset, implementation, and termination. The contributions use novel data and leverage innovative empirical strategies such as survey experiments to disentangle how economic threats and coercion affect different actors in sender and target states.

    Lehre | Universität Hamburg | 2021

    Sanctions in International Relations

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Deutschland

    Lehre | Universität Hamburg | 2019

    International Sanctions: Actors, Processes and Consequences

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Deutschland


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