Team | GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies

Contact Competence Länder und Regionen

Hager Ali

Research Fellow / Doctoral Student
  • Civil-Military Relations in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Regime Change, Regime Stability, Democratization
  • Authoritarian Regimes, Authoritarian Institutions
  • Research Methodology
  • Middle East
  • North Africa
  • 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)
  • Human Mobility in the context of political and/or environmental crises
  • North-South divide and its role for human mobility
  • Resource scarcity and its role in violent conflict, esp. water conflicts
  • Post/decolonial and poststructuralist approaches in peace and conflict studies
  • Syria
  • Israel/Palestine
  • Jordan
  • Turkey
  • Political Opposition in Authoritarian Regimes
  • Political Islam
  • International Relations of the Persian Gulf
  • Yemen
  • Saudi Arabia
  • sub-Saharan Africa
  • Shrinking space of civil society
  • Foreign funding restrictions for civil society organizations (CSOs)
  • Authoritarianism, democratic backsliding, populism
  • Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)
  • Authoritarian Rule in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Authoritarian learning
  • Legitimation of authoritarian regimes
  • Repression of protest movements
  • Algeria
  • Jordan
  • War impacts on inter-gernder relations in Libya
  • Libya
  • MENA regions
  • Cyber-Mediation / Digital Mediation / E-Mediation in internationalen Konflikten
  • Internationales Konfliktmanagement
  • Mediation in zwischenstaatlichen und innerstaatlichen Konflikten
  • Regionalorganisationen und Mediation
  • Regionale Sicherheitsarchitektur im Nahen Osten
  • Friedens- und Konfliktforschung
  • 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
  • (Im)mobility in the context of conflict and war
  • Drivers of (forced) migration
  • Migration governance
  • Diaspora politics and transnational political participation
  • Lebanon
  • Turkey
  • Egypt
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Libya
  • Europe

Dr. Thomas Richter

Senior Research Fellow
Editor GIGA Focus Middle East
  • Rentier state theory
  • stability and change in authoritarian regimes
  • foreign trade reforms in developing countries
  • Small Gulf states
  • Regional Organisation
  • Legitimacy and Legitimation Strategies
  • Human Rights
  • Tunisia
  • Lebanon
  • League of Arab States
  • Democratization
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Political Islam
  • Identity Politics in the Middle East
  • Power and Resistance
  • Turkey
  • Egypt

Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

Director of the GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies
  • Contemporary history of Iraq (1979-2003)
  • Geo-economics of the Middle East
  • Energy and food security
  • Gulf region
  • Iraq
  • Egypt
  • Syria