Academic Staff | GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies

Contact Competence Länder und Regionen
  • Regional Explanations for Authoritarianism
  • Statethood and Political Domination in the Middle East (with a focus on Jordan and Syria)
  • The War in Syria
  • Regional Politics and the Relationship between Arabism and Islamism
  • Jordan
  • Syria
  • Palestine/Israel
  • Turkey (Near East Politics)
  • Institutions in intrastate conflicts
  • Religion and ethnicity in intrastate conflicts
  • External state-building efforts in fragile states
  • Middle East
  • Sudan
  • Corruption and Political Authority
  • Protest Movements and Historical Action
  • Anthropology of the State
  • Politics of Care
  • Secularism and Religion
  • Jordan
  • Syria
  • Germany

Prof. Dr. Henner Fürtig

Director of the GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies
Editor GIGA Focus Middle East
  • Domestic and foreign policy
  • social and political Transformation
  • democratisation
  • programs and structures of political Islam
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Egypt
  • Political Opposition in Authoritarian Regimes
  • Political Islam
  • International Relations of the Persian Gulf
  • Yemen
  • Saudi Arabia
  • sub-Saharan Africa
  • Authoritarian Rule in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Authoritarian learning
  • Legitimation of authoritarian regimes
  • Repression of protest movements
  • Algeria
  • Jordan
  • Religious Extremism
  • Security situation and political response
  • MENA
  • Maghreb
  • Sahel
  • International conflict resolution
  • Mediation in inter-state and intra-state conflicts
  • Regional patterns and variations of mediation
  • Regional organizations and mediation
  • Regional security architecture of the Middle East
  • Peace and conflict research
  • Middle East
  • Salafism in the Maghreb (Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco)
  • Civil Society in Autocracies
  • Authoritarianism and Civil Society Development in Algeria
  • State Failure and Ethnic Conflicts in Southeast Asia (esp. Burma/Myanmar and the Philippines)
  • Political Change in Burma/Myanmar
  • Islam und Islamism in Bangladesh und Southeast Asia
  • Burma/Myanmar
  • Bangladesch
  • Philippinen
  • Maghreb

Dr. Thomas Richter

Coordinator GIGA Forum
Senior Research Fellow
  • Rentier state theory
  • stability and change in authoritarian regimes
  • foreign trade reforms in developing countries
  • Small Gulf states
  • Egypt
  • Jordan

Nikolai Röhl

Research Fellow / Doctoral Student
Website and IT Management
  • transnational Salafism
  • Islamism in Kuwait
  • Kuwait and Gulf Region
  • Middle East
  • Power sharing in multi-ethnic societies
  • Political Islam / Islamism
  • Sunna-Shia relations
  • Religion and violence
  • Bahrain
  • Iraq
  • Libanon
  • Syria
  • Political economy of mass protests in the Arab Spring
  • Relationship between EU assistance and governance in Egypt
  • Egypt
  • Tunisia