Dr. André Bank

Senior Research Fellow

  • Short CV

    • 10/2018 - 09/2019: Acting Director of the GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies

    • Since 03/2010: Research Fellow at GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies

    • 2008 - 2009: Commissioned Research Reports – “Stabilizing Factors of Authoritarian Regimes” (University Duisburg-Essen, Institute for Political Science) and “Violence and Individuation” (Bergische University Wuppertal, Institute for Sociology); Parental Leave

    • 2007 – 2008: Research Associate at the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics at the Otto-Suhr Institute for Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin

    • 2005 – 2007: PhD Fellow at the Center for Conflict Studies at Philipps University Marburg, Scholarship holder of the German Foundation for Peace Research (Deutschen Stiftung Friedensforschung, DSF)

    • Education: MA in Political Science, Islamic Studies and Sociology at Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen and the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, 1997–2004; Dissertation “Regional Wars and Local Orders in the Middle East: Iraq, Palestine and New Forms of Domination in Jordan” (in German) (Dissertation prize 2011 of the German Association for Middle East Studies) at Philipps University Marburg, 2005–2010

    Current Research

    • 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

    Countries and Regions

    • Jordan

    • Syria

    • Palestine/Israel

    • Turkey (Near East Politics)


    • Digest of Middle East Studies, Editorial Board Member of Digest of Mddle East Studies, since 2020


    • Nils Petter Gleditsch JPR Article of the Year Award 2015, Sage publishing , 2016

    Dr. André Bank

    Senior Research Fellow

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-584andre.bank@giga-hamburg.de

    Web Publication | 11/2022

    Narrative map on "COVID-19 and Dynamics of (Post)War Violence"

    The pandemic altered the opportunity structures of state and non-state armed actors, exacerbated grievances, prompted new investments in services provision, and created new spaces for cooperation, thereby affecting the dynamics of violence across different dimensions and time horizons.

    GIGA Focus Global | 3/2022

    COVID-19 and Violent Actors in the Global South: A Complex Relationship

    A cross-regional comparative analysis of the effects of COVID-19 on violence shows high levels of variation between contexts and in terms of specific armed actors. While Latin America along with the Middle East and North Africa have experienced an overall reduction, violence in sub-Saharan Africa has increased.

    GIGA Working Papers | 05/2022

    COVID-19 and Violent Actors in the Global South: An Inter- and Cross-Regional Comparison

    What effect has the COVID-19 pandemic had on different armed actors across the Global South? This comparative analysis of regional trends and different armed actors provides evidence for regional specificities and an overall brief decline in violence before a return to pre-pandemic levels.

    Digest of Middle East Studies | 09/2021

    The Governance of Syrian Refugees in the Middle East: Lessons from the Jordan and Lebanon Compacts

    Dr. André Bank

    Senior Research Fellow

    Dr. Christiane Fröhlich

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    Research Project | 01/03/2021 - 31/08/2022

    COVID-19 and the Dynamics of (Post-)War Violence: Lessons from Colombia and Syria

    What are the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the dynamics of violence during and after civil wars? The project analyses the pandemic-related reconfiguration of social and political orders in a comparative study of Syria and Colombia at subnational levels. In this way, it will provide new knowledge on violence dynamics in two of the most complex conflicts today and be able to suggest crucial lessons for similar (post-)war contexts in other parts of the world.
    Volkswagen Foundation, 2021-2022

    Research Project | 01/04/2020 - 31/03/2023

    Merian Center for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM): Imagining Futures - Dealing with Disparity

    The "Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb" (MECAM), founded in 2020, is a platform for regional and international scientific exchange in Tunisia based on the central theme "Imagining Futures - Dealing with Disparity". The centre is located at the renowned Université de Tunis in the Tunisian capital. Its research work focuses on the effects of multidimensional disparity on models, visions and ideas about political, social, economic, and cultural futures.
    BMBF, 2020-2023

    Research Project | 01/11/2018 - 30/04/2023

    Migration Governance and Asylum Crises, Work Package "Comparing Crises"

    This project explores how European migration policies are influenced by political crises triggered by (forced) migration. At a time when such policies are heavily contested across European member-states, and when asylum seems more threatened than ever, this project is critically important to improve our understanding of how migration policies are formulated and shaped by a context of crisis. The project gathers 13 partners from diverse European countries, as well as from Lebanon and Turkey, and GIGA leads the Work Package “Comparing Crises”.
    EC, Horizon 2020, 2018-2023

    Research Project | 01/01/2016 - 01/12/2019

    Envisioning Peace | Transforming Conflict

    Peace and conflict transformation are core topics in the social sciences and humanities. At the same time, theories, methods and data are shaped to an overwhelming degree by the experience of Western industrial democracies or the ‘objects’ of their intervention. This project provides a change in perspective by including the multifaceted experiences of the Global South and applying a global approach to peace.
    GIGA, LSE, CCDP, University of Marburg, 2016-2019

    WDR - 0630 - der News Podcast | Interview | 08/11/2022

    Deutsche Influencer in Syrien

    Mit einer Einschätzung von Dr. André Bank: Wie deutsche Influencer in das Bürgerkriegsland Syrien gereist sind und warum sie damit indirekt das syrische Regime unterstützt haben (Minute 13:27).

    ARTE Info | Interview | 19/01/2022

    Wo steht Syrien 2022?

    Tagesschau24 | Interview | 26/05/2021

    Präsidentenwahlen in Syrien

    Moderator, Speaker, Speaker, Speaker, Other | 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.

    Consultant, Consultant | 17/06/2021

    BMZ-Ländergespräch Jordanien

    Workshop 17/06/2021

    Austausch zwischen Ministerien (BMZ, AA, BMVg, BMWi), politische Stiftungen (FES, Böll, Seidel), NGOs und akademische Institutionen zur aktuellen Lage in Jordanien

    Dr. André Bank

    Senior Research Fellow

    Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies / Editor GIGA Focus Middle East

    Speaker | 19/01/2021

    Quo vadis Syria? Military Constellation, Humanitarian Situation and Interests of the Conflict Actors

    Lions International Hamburg: 19/01/2021

    The invited talk provided an overview and analysis of the military and humanitarian situation in Syria ten years after the uprisings, which quickly transformed into an all-out internationalized war, began. Examining the interests of the diverse actors involved in Syria, it presented possible future scenarios.

    Dr. André Bank

    Senior Research Fellow

    Teaching | GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies | Accountability and Participation | GIGA Doctoral Programme | 2022

    Interdisciplinarity in Practice: The Venture of MECAM

    GIGA Doctoral Programme

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2014

    New States in the International System

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany


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