Hana Attia

Doctoral Researcher

  • Short CV

    • Since 10/2018: PhD Student at the Graduate School of Decision Sciences, University of Konstanz and member of the GIGA Doctoral Programme

    • Since 08/2018: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of African Affairs in the research project „The Termination of International Sanctions: Causes, Processes and Domestic Consequences“ funded by the German Research Foundation

    • 2017 - 2018: Research Intern and after that Quantitative Junior Research Manager at the GIM GmbH

    • 2016 - 2017: Research Assistant at the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 884, the Chair for Quantitative Methods for Social Sciences (University of Mannheim) and a socio-political think tank in Cairo

    • 2015 - 2016: Visiting Graduate Student at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington D.C.

    • Education: B.A. and M.A. in Political Science at the University of Mannheim with special focus on International Relations and Quantitative Methods

    Current Research

    • International sanctions

    • International organisations (U.N Studies)

    • Authoritarian regimes

    • Quantitative methods

    Countries and Regions

    • Middle East and North Africa (MENA)


    • Political Favoritism: United Nations Security Council Membership and Bias in Punitive Foreign Policy Responses

    GIGA Focus Africa | 4/2021

    The Political Deadlock on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

    The failure of the latest talks over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has intensified tensions between Ethiopia and downstream states Egypt and Sudan, and challenged traditional dynamics in the Nile River Basin. The authors explain the political stalemate based on three key factors.

    Hana Attia

    Doctoral Researcher

    Mona Saleh

    Doctoral Researcher

    European Economic Review | 08/2020

    The Termination of International Sanctions: Explaining Target Compliance and Sender Capitulation

    In this paper, we draw on studies analyzing the varying duration of sanctions to examine under which conditions they end. In contrast to prior research that has mostly treated the end of sanctions as a single category, our analysis disaggregates sanctions termination by target compliance and sender capitulation.

    GIGA Working Papers | 01/2020

    How Do International Sanctions End? Towards a Process-Oriented, Relational, and Signalling Perspective

    Sanctions research has so far focused on their implementation and effectiveness, while the termination of such measures has received little attention. This article proposes a process-oriented and relational understanding that takes into account the multi-layered social relations between actors.

    Dr. Julia Grauvogel

    Senior Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    Hana Attia

    Doctoral Researcher

    GIGA Focus Global | 5/2019

    Easier In Than Out: The Protracted Process of Ending Sanctions

    Since the end of the Cold War, not only the imposition but also the lifting of sanctions has become a ubiquitous phenomenon in international politics. This GIGA Focus Global discusses the protracted termination of sanctions.

    Dr. Julia Grauvogel

    Senior Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    Hana Attia

    Doctoral Researcher

    Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen | 2019

    Wie enden internationale Sanktionen?: Zur Bedeutung von Prozessen, Beziehungen und Signalen

    Dr. Julia Grauvogel

    Senior Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    Hana Attia

    Doctoral Researcher

    Research Project | 01/01/2022 - 30/06/2023

    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, 2022-2023

    Research Project | 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

    Research Project | 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

    Brut. Egypt | Interview | 15/01/2022

    Egypt and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

    Indus News | Interview | 03/04/2021

    Efforts to save Iran Nuclear Deal intensify

    Speaker | 02/07/2021

    Monitoring the Monitor? Disentangling the Selective Use of Aid Sanctions in Response to Human Rights Transgressions

    Conference 02/07/2021

    Hana Attia

    Doctoral Researcher

    Speaker | 21/05/2021

    Monitoring the Monitor? Selective Responses to Human Rights Transgressions

    Workshop 21/05/2021

    Hana Attia

    Doctoral Researcher

    Speaker | 07/04/2021

    International Sanctions Termination, 1990-2018

    Conference 07/04/2021

    Hana Attia

    Doctoral Researcher

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2021

    Sanctions in International Relations

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2019

    International Sanctions: Actors, Processes and Consequences

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg


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