Dastan Jasim

Doctoral Researcher


  • Kurzer Lebenslauf

    • Seit 10/2020: Research Fellow am GIGA Institut für Nahost-Studien und Doktorand im GIGA Doctoral Programme

    • Seit 06/2017: Konfliktforscherin am Heidelberger Institut für Internationale Konfliktforschung mit Fokus auf Kurdenkonflikte in Syrien und Irak

    • 07 - 09/2019: Gastwissenschaftlerin am Center for Gender and Development Studies (CGDS) der Amerikanischen Universität Irak - Sulaimaniya

    • 10/2017 - 02/2019: Studentische Hilfskraft - GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften

    • 08 – 09/2018: Praktikum am GIGA Institut für Asien-Studien

    • Studium: M.A. in Politikwissenschaften & Assyriologie, Universität Heidelberg; B.A. in Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Stuttgart

    Aktuelle Forschung

    • Kurdische Studien

    • Demokratisierung & Dezentralisierung

    • Politische Soziologie
    • Sicherheitspolitik in & um Kurdistan

    • Harmonisierung von Umfragedaten

    Länder und Regionen

    • Nahost


    Dissertation

    • Civic Culture without a State: Conceptualizing Kurdish Civic Culture in Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria between State-Control and Resistance

    Dastan Jasim

    Doctoral Researcher

    Dastan.Jasim@giga-hamburg.de

    Beitrag | 05.2022

    Germany and Turkey: A Fatal Friendship

    Dastan Jasim

    Doctoral Researcher

    Blogbeitrag | 05.2022

    Jenseits der Doppelmoral des Westens

    Dastan Jasim

    Doctoral Researcher

    The Commentaries | 02.2022

    Kurdish Allies and Kurdish Enemies: Turkey’s New War Against The PKK

    Kamal Chomani

    Dastan Jasim

    Doctoral Researcher

    GIGA Focus Nahost | 1/2021

    Bidens Herausforderung: kurdische Autonomie und türkischer Expansionismus

    Die USA wollen die „ewigen Kriege“ im Mittleren Osten beenden und setzt dabei auf bewaffnete kurdische Einheiten. Während die militärischen Auseinandersetzungen nachlassen, stellt sich die Frage, wie die neue US-Administration mit ihren kurdischen Verbündeten und dem Expansionismus der Türkei umzugehen gedenkt.

    Dastan Jasim

    Doctoral Researcher

    Neues Deutschland/ Podcast Teller und Rand | Interview | 14.06.2022

    Teller und Rand - Folge 21: Vergessene Konflikte - Kurdistan

    Dastan Jasim über die aktuelle Situation in den kurdischen Gebiete in Nordsyrien

    taz.de | Kommentar / Gastbeitrag | 13.06.2022

    Vernachlässigt und ignoriert

    Während die Welt auf den Krieg in der Ukraine blickt, wird der Angriffskrieg der Türkei gegen Kur­d*in­nen ignoriert.

    Neues Deutschland | Interview | 12.06.2022

    »Sicherheit und Stabilität«

    Kurdistan-Expertin Dastan Jasim über türkische Politik und politische Selbstbestimmung der Kurden.

    Berater:in | 28.06.2022

    The Kurdistan Region of Iraq: A Challenging Time Ahead

    Clingendael Institute CA The Hague: 28.06.2022

    The Kurdistan Region of Iraq is going through challenging times. The launch of Turkey’s next operation against the PKK puts the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in a difficult position between a major economic partner and its fellow Kurds. The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) faces a milder version of the same dilemma due to its greater distance from Turkey, but this is likely to grow more acute with time and include the additional complexity of tension with Iran.

    Moreover, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the KDP and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) find themselves in opposing alliances in the protracted process of government formation, which stands in contrast with their ability over the past 15 years to form a united front. In Erbil, Duhok and Sulaymaniya, both the KDP and PUK face growing protests to their rule as socio-economic problems mount that Kurdistan Regional Government policies do not manage to address effectively, in part due to the region’s financial difficulties - aggravated by the recent ruling by the Federal Supreme Court assessing KRI oil exports as unconstitutional.

    Roiled by such regional, domestic and local problems, it is not clear whether the political renewal that seems required to put the KRI on a more promising development track can be realized. On the one hand, one can imagine that the mix of top-down and bottom-up pressure incentivizes Erbil and Baghdad to institutionalize and upgrade their federal arrangements. This would require overcoming mistrust and a shift from transactional approaches to building a more strategic partnership. On the other hand, geopolitical tensions between Turkey, Iran and Baghdad may cause divides within the KRI to widen, ultimately creating zones of influence.

    Dastan Jasim

    Doctoral Researcher

    Berater:in | 10.05.2022

    USCIRF Hearing on Freedom of Religion or Belief in Syria

    United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Washington, D.C.: 10.05.2022

    Religious freedom in Syria remains threatened from numerous quarters. The regime of President Bashar al-Assad systematically discriminates against members of religious groups outside the President’s own Alawi branch of Islam, destroys religious minorities’ houses of worship during clashes with opposition groups, and actively strips both religious minorities and the Sunni Muslim majority of their autonomy and religious authority. Armed opposition forces and militant Islamist groups target vulnerable religious and ethnic minorities in their attempts to wrest power from the Assad regime and one another. The al-Qaeda offshoot Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) continues to brutalize and displace religious minority communities in the northwestern region of Idlib, and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has increased its presence in eastern Syria, waging almost daily attacks and destabilizing the region for religious minorities. Turkish-supported Syrian armed opposition groups leverage their Turkish financing and military support to wage campaigns of religious and ethnic cleansing in Afrin.

    In contrast, there are promising environments for religious freedom and intrareligious cooperation in Syria, including areas in the north and east governed by the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES).

    What is the status of religious freedom in each of Syria’s regions and under each of these political authorities? How can U.S. government policy support Syrian-led efforts to create a political solution for the country that encompasses and actively advances religious freedom? Witnesses will document religious freedom conditions throughout the country and make recommendations for U.S. policy in relation to religious freedom in Syria.

    Dastan Jasim

    Doctoral Researcher

    Berater:in | 10.03.2022

    Webinar: Urban Governance, Social Inclusion and Fragility in the MENA region

    10.03.2022

    The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is defined by its urbanizing, and highly concentrated populations. Yet, rising inequality and exclusion within cities can derail development progress, and MENA is no exception. Fast growing and diverse urban populations face limited infrastructure, poor service delivery and high population densities – in addition to the pressures of economic crisis, fragility and violent conflict in some sub-regions. Against this backdrop, what lessons are being learnt in the region about how cities can be managed to function as spaces for social inclusion and platforms for effective urban service delivery and development? (This session is co-hosted by UNDP and DeLoG).

    Dastan Jasim

    Doctoral Researcher

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