Dr. Jens Heibach

Research Fellow


  • Short CV

    • 09/2017: 2017 Dissertation Award of the German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation (DAVO)
    • Since 01/2017: Research Fellow at GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies
    • 2009 - 2016: Research and Teaching Associate at the Centre for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg
    • 2008 - 2009: Member of the Political and Cultural Department at the German Embassy in Sanaa
    • Education: Diploma in Political Science (Minor: Islamic Studies) at the Freie Universität Berlin; Dissertation “Opposition Cooperation under Authoritarianism: The Case of the Joint Meeting Parties in Yemen” at Philipps-Universität Marburg (2016)

    Current Research

    • Saudi Foreign Policy towards Sub-Saharan Africa

    • Political Opposition in Authoritarian Regimes

    • Political Islam

    • International Relations of the Persian Gulf

    Countries and Regions

    • Yemen

    • Saudi Arabia

    • Sub-Saharan Africa


    Memberships

    • Yemen Policy Center
    • German Political Science Association
    • International Studies Association
    • Deutsch-Jemenitische Gesellschaft
    • German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation

    International Politics | 05/2021

    Public Diplomacy and Regional Leadership Struggles: The Case of Saudi Arabia

    In light of Saudi Arabia's recent foreign policy, this article examines the valorization of public diplomacy in regional leadership struggles. The author argues that emerging leaders often resort to a mix of coercion and persuasion.

    Dr. Jens Heibach

    Research Fellow

    GIGA Focus Middle East | 2/2021

    The Future of South Yemen and the Southern Transitional Council

    A central role in shaping the political future of South Yemen is played by the Transitional Council of the South, which is increasingly perceived internationally as the representative of South Yemeni interests. While this corresponds to the Council's claim, it does not do justice to the multitude of rival actors there.

    Dr. Jens Heibach

    Research Fellow

    Entry for Encyclopedia/Dictionary | 2021

    al-Mahdī Muḥammad b. Aḥmad (Ṣāḥib al-Mawāhib)

    Dr. Jens Heibach

    Research Fellow

    Entry for Encyclopedia/Dictionary | 2021

    al-Mahdī ʿAbbās

    Dr. Jens Heibach

    Research Fellow

    Research Project | 01/03/2022 - 28/02/2025

    Explaining Middle-Power Engagement in External Regions: A Comparison of Iranian, Saudi, and Turkish Sub-Saharan Africa Policies

    By means of a comparative historical analysis of Iranian, Saudi-Arabian, and Turkish engagement in Africa following the continent’s decolonization processes and running up until 2020, this project seeks to make sense of middle-power engagement in external regions. First, the project will identify the periods of shifting IST engagement in Africa. Second, it will analyze the reasons why, and the conditions under which, IST have stepped up—or reduced—their foreign policy efforts in Africa. Third, it will develop mid-range generalizations on middle-power engagement in external regions.
    DFG, 2022-2025

    Research Project | 01/03/2019 - 01/12/2023

    Mediating Islam in the Digital Age (MIDA), Work Package "Contested Authority and Knowledge Production"

    Work Package 4 ‘Contested Authority and Knowledge Production’ deals with the construction and transformation of religious authority and religious knowledge production in changing circumstances. It addresses questions of legitimacy, power and discipline. The Work Package is part of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network ‘Mediating Islam in the Digital Age’ (MIDA), coordinated by the ‘Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique’ (CNRS).
    EC. Horizon 2020, 2019-2023

    SRF | Interview | 14/10/2022

    Golfstaaten bemühen sich um Sportgrossanlässe

    Viel wurde im Vorfeld der Fussball Weltmeisterschaft in Katar über Menschenrechte, ökologische und klimatische Bedenken gesprochen. Die Golfregion scheint trotzdem Hotspot für Sportgrossanlässe zu bleiben. Jüngst wurden sogar die asiatischen Winterspiele 2029 in die Region vergeben.

    Speaker | 07/09/2022

    World Cup in Qatar: Sport and Political Power in the Middle East and North Africa

    GIGA Forum 07/09/2022

    Dr. Jens Heibach

    Research Fellow

    Speaker | 07/09/2022

    World Cup in Qatar: Sport and Political Power in the Middle East and North Africa

    For the first time in FIFA’s history, the Men’s World Cup will be held in an Arab country. Yet football has a long history in the Middle East and North Africa. This GIGA Forum focuses on the social and political significance of the sport.

    Dr. Jens Heibach

    Research Fellow

    Speaker | 19/11/2021

    Middle East Regional Powers in Africa: Preliminary Notes on the Causes and Modes of their Engagement

    Conference 19/11/2021

    Vortrag

    Dr. Jens Heibach

    Research Fellow

    Teaching | Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Marburg | 2016

    Politics and Society of Saudi Arabia

    Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Marburg Marburg Germany

    Teaching | Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Marburg | 2016

    Die internationalen Beziehungen des Persischen Golfs

    Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Marburg Marburg Germany

    Teaching | Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Marburg | 2015

    Leitung des Forschungskolloquiums Teil 2

    Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Marburg Marburg Germany

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