Hager Ali

Doctoral Researcher


  • Kurzer Lebenslauf

    • Seit 03/2022: Externe Redakteurin der Themenserie "Autocracies with Adjectives" bei the Loop, ECPR's Political Science Blog

    • Seit 10/2018: Research Fellow / Doctoral Student am GIGA Institut für Nahost-Studien und im GIGA Doktorandenprogramm

    • Seit 09/2010: Freie Journalistin

    • 09/2016 - 01/2018: Studentische Hilfskraft im Student Recruitment Office der Central European University, Budapest

    • 12/2014 - 02/2016: Studentische Hilfskraft am Institut für Soziologie der Goethe Universität Frankfurt. Professur für Soziologie mit dem Schwerpunkt Quantitative Analysen gesellschaftlichen Wandels

    • 08/2015 - 10/2015: Praktikum am Leibniz-Institut Hessische Stiftung für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (PRIF – HSFK), Frankfurt am Main

    • Studium: M.A. in Political Science, Central European University Budapest; B.A. in Politikwissenschaften und Soziologie, Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main

    Aktuelle Forschung

    • Zivil-Militärische Beziehungen in Nahost und Nordafrika

    • Militärcoups und Zivile Kontrolle von Streitkräften

    • Autokratische Regime, Autoritäre Institutionen

    • Regimestabilität und Destabilisation

    • Parteisysteme und Cleavages in Nahost und Nordafrika

    • Bundeswehreinsätze in Nahost und Sahel 

    Länder und Regionen

    • Naher Osten

    • Nordafrika

    • Sudan

    • Afghanistan


    Mitgliedschaften

    • Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society
    • American Political Science Association
    • European Research Group on Military and Society
    • Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft
    • Neue Deutsche Medienmacher
    • International Studies Association
    • European Consortium for Political Research
    • Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Vorderer Orient für gegenwartsbezogene Forschung und Dokumentation
    • International Association for Political Science Students

    Dissertation

    • Praetorianism in the MENA-Region. Civilian Control of the Military across Regime Types

    Africa Spectrum | 11.2022

    Between Coups and Election: Constitutional Engineering and Military Entrenchment in Sudan

    In this article, Hager Ali (GIGA), Salah Ben Hammou, and Jonathan Powell (University of Central Florida) investigate how armies re-entrench their power after thwarting democratic transitions.

    Salah Benhammou

    Ass. Prof. Dr. Jonathan Powell

    The Loop - ECPR's Political Science Blog: Autocracies with Adjectives | 08.2022

    Control over Militaries is the Forgotten Landmark of Democracy after Imperialism

    When democracies’ most basic features lose their distinctive edge, differentiating regime types becomes a problem for scholars of democracy and autocracy alike. Hager Ali aims to redraw demarcations between regimes across the political spectrum. To do so, she argues that civilian control over militaries is just as fundamental as suffrage

    Hager Ali

    Doctoral Researcher

    Autocracies with Adjectives | 05.2022

    Autocracies with Adjectives: We need better Typologies of Authoritarian Regimes

    The study of regime types, Hager Ali argues, is imbalanced. Theories and concepts of democracy have received attention for decades. But amid the resurgence of autocracies, scholars of authoritarianism still do not have the luxury of nuanced typologies to dissect the broad spectrum of non-democratic regimes.

    Hager Ali

    Doctoral Researcher

    Blogbeitrag | 04.2022

    Germany’s Civil-Military Relations are a Multi-Partisan Failure

    The war in Ukraine heralded a drastic change in German defence and security politics. Years of austerity has stifled Germany’s army, the Bundeswehr, but Hager Ali argues that money is the least of it. Salvaging the Bundeswehr means reconfiguring German military professionalism – and fixing its relations with the public

    Hager Ali

    Doctoral Researcher

    The Loop - ECPR's Political Science Blog | 2022

    Autocracies with Adjectives: The Need for Better Typologies of Authoritarian Regimes

    The study of regime types, Hager Ali argues, is imbalanced. Theories and concepts of democracy have received attention for decades. But amid the resurgence of autocracies, scholars of authoritarianism still do not have the luxury of nuanced typologies to dissect the broad spectrum of non-democratic regimes. In this series, edited by Hager Ali, authors cover a wide range of institutions, cases, and issues in a written exchange to advance to study of authoritarianism.

    Hager Ali

    Doctoral Researcher

    Deutsche Welle | Erwähnung | 18.11.2022

    Sudan's difficult path to democratic transition

    Sudanese protesters have been calling for the removal of a German diplomat from the UN mission to the country. Despite the fractious nature of post-dictatorship politics, there are some reasons for optimism.

    allAfrica | Erwähnung | 18.11.2022

    Sudan: Nation's Difficult Path to Democratic Transition

    Sudanese protesters have been calling for the removal of a German diplomat from the UN mission to the country. Despite the fractious nature of post-dictatorship politics, there are some reasons for optimism.

    The Loop - ECPR's Political Science Blog | Erwähnung | 01.11.2022

    Letting Agrabah go: why we must de-orientalise our approach to the Arab Gulf states

    Hager Ali opened this Autocracies with Adjectives series by asserting that political science structurally fails to treat autocracies with the same diligence it uses for democracies. She argues in particular that the discipline is even missing accurate data and terms to categorise autocracies adequately. The Arab Gulf countries are an excellent example.

    Vortragende:r | 29.09.2022

    Brownbag at Freedom House with Hager Ali on "Autocracies with Adjectives"

    Invited talk with Hager Ali on the Blog-Series "Autocracies with Adjectives", the most recent Nations in Transit-Report, and Hybrid Regimes.

    Hager Ali

    Doctoral Researcher

    Vortragende:r | 22.08.2022

    How to Tell the World about your Research: Blogs and Blogging with the Loop

    A blog article’s accessible shorter format, potential reach beyond academia, and swift turnaround time makes blogging an important part of a contemporary scholar’s research profile. You will hear from our editors, along with recurrent contributors Hager Ali and Ruairidh Brown, about what it takes to craft a great submission.

    Hager Ali

    Doctoral Researcher

    Vortragende:r | 04.07.2022

    German Military Deployments from the 1990s Through Today: Discrepancies between Ideal Weissbuch-Priorities and Real Mission-Requirements

    The war in Ukraine brought renewed interest in deployments of the German Federal Army, the Bundeswehr. With German defense and security at a turning point this paper will investigate Bundeswehr deployments vis-à-vis the German military’s mission laid out in its current White Paper, the so-called Weissbuch.

    Hager Ali

    Doctoral Researcher

    Lehre | Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung | 2020

    A new Cold War in the Middle East?

    Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Bonn Deutschland

    This seminar deals with geopolitics in and around the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and will take a look at regional alliances as well as relations to the US, Russia and Western Europe. The goal of the first seminar day is a detailed overview over domestic and foreign politics in the MENA-Region. Participants will cover current events in the form of news briefings which are prepared and presented in the seminar. The second day deals with key events during and after the Arab Cold War with a secondary focus on MENA-Relations towards the USA and Russia and military interventions. Day three will cover methodological issues in examining geopolitical dynamics. Participants will work out analytical puzzles in international relations and MENA-research before developing qualitative and quantitative approaches to solve these puzzles in workshops. For the last day, an open discussion round is planned with a focus on Europe and the MENA-Region.

    This course requires no prior knowledge on the MENA-Region or research methods. Laptops are required for the workshops. The seminar was hosted by the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation.

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