Hager Ali

Doctoral Researcher

  • Short CV

    • Since 03/2022: External Commissioning Editor for thematic series "Autocracies with Adjectives" at the Loop, ECPR's Political Science Blog
    • Since 10/2018: Research Fellow / Doctoral Student at GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies and at GIGA Doctoral Programme

    • Since 09/2010: Freelance Journalist
    • 09/2016 - 01/2018: Student Assistant at the Student Recruitment Office of the Central European University Budapest

    • 12/2014 - 02/2016: Research Assistant at the Faculty of Social Science, Goethe University Frankfurt. Chair of Sociology specializing in Quantitative Analyses of Social Change

    • 08/2015 - 10/2015: Internship at the Leibniz-Institute Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF – HSFK), Frankfurt am Main

    • Education: M.A. in Political Science, Central European University Budapest; B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

    Current Research

    • Civil-Military Relations in the Middle East and North Africa

    • Military Coups and Civilian Control of Armies

    • Authoritarian Regimes, Authoritarian Institutions
    • Regime Stability and Destabilization

    • Party Systems and Cleavages in the Middle East and North Africa

    • German Military Deployments in the MENA-Region and Sahel

    Countries and Regions

    • Middle East

    • North Africa

    • Sudan

    • Afghanistan


    • Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society
    • American Political Science Association
    • European Research Group on Military and Society
    • German Political Science Association
    • New German Media Professionals
    • International Studies Association
    • European Consortium for Political Research
    • German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation
    • International Association for Political Science Students


    • Praetorianism in the MENA-Region. Civilian Control of the Military across Regime Types

    Autocracies with Adjectives | 05/2022

    Autocracies with Adjectives: we need better Typologies of Authoritarian Regimes

    The study of regime types, Hager Ali argues, is imbalanced. Theories and concepts of democracy have received attention for decades. But amid the resurgence of autocracies, scholars of authoritarianism still do not have the luxury of nuanced typologies to dissect the broad spectrum of non-democratic regimes.

    Hager Ali

    Doctoral Researcher

    Blog article | 04/2022

    Germany’s Civil-Military Relations are a Multi-Partisan Failure

    The war in Ukraine heralded a drastic change in German defence and security politics. Years of austerity has stifled Germany’s army, the Bundeswehr, but Hager Ali argues that money is the least of it. Salvaging the Bundeswehr means reconfiguring German military professionalism – and fixing its relations with the public

    Hager Ali

    Doctoral Researcher

    The Loop - ECPR's Political Science Blog | Mention | 12/08/2022

    Before categorising autocracies, we need to count them accurately

    Hager Ali launched this series by pointing out that 'we lack the terminology to do anything beyond counting non-democracies.' Yet Edward Goldring argues that we sometimes struggle to accurately do that. This raises troubling questions for analyses of non-democracies, and emphasises the importance of studying history

    The Loop - ECPR's Political Science Blog | Mention | 11/07/2022

    Autocracy in Democracy's Mirror

    In her opening blog in this series on autocracies with adjectives, Hager Ali writes that 'every democratic institution has an autocratic equivalent'. Following Ali’s suggestion to see autocracy in democracy’s mirror, Matthijs Bogaards critically examines the notion of 'defective autocracy'.

    The Loop - ECPR's Political Science Blog | Mention | 04/07/2022

    A 'cat-dog' called electoral autocracy

    Since the 1980s, electoral autocracy has been considered the most common form of dictatorship. Yet, as Adrián del Río shows, little is known about what this regime is and how we can recognise it. In fact, there is only a 34% probability that famous datasets agree on identifying such a regime. [...]  As Hager Ali's introduction to this series argues, such a lack of precision threatens our capacity to test hypotheses, generalise findings and propose policies.

    Speaker | 04/07/2022

    German Military Deployments from the 1990s Through Today: Discrepancies between Ideal Weissbuch-Priorities and Real Mission-Requirements

    The war in Ukraine brought renewed interest in deployments of the German Federal Army, the Bundeswehr. With German defense and security at a turning point this paper will investigate Bundeswehr deployments vis-à-vis the German military’s mission laid out in its current White Paper, the so-called Weissbuch.

    Hager Ali

    Doctoral Researcher

    Panelist | 04/07/2022 - 05/07/2022

    The Crisis of Liberal Interventionism and the Return of War

    Workshop 04/07/2022 - 05/07/2022

    Hager Ali

    Doctoral Researcher

    Speaker | 20/05/2022

    Streitkräfte und Regierungsstabilität im Nahen Osten

    Gesellschaft für Sicherheitspolitik e.V. Berlin: 20/05/2022

    Hager Ali

    Doctoral Researcher

    Teaching | Friedrich Ebert Foundation | 2020

    A new Cold War in the Middle East?

    Friedrich Ebert Foundation Bonn

    This seminar deals with geopolitics in and around the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and will take a look at regional alliances as well as relations to the US, Russia and Western Europe. The goal of the first seminar day is a detailed overview over domestic and foreign politics in the MENA-Region. Participants will cover current events in the form of news briefings which are prepared and presented in the seminar. The second day deals with key events during and after the Arab Cold War with a secondary focus on MENA-Relations towards the USA and Russia and military interventions. Day three will cover methodological issues in examining geopolitical dynamics. Participants will work out analytical puzzles in international relations and MENA-research before developing qualitative and quantitative approaches to solve these puzzles in workshops. For the last day, an open discussion round is planned with a focus on Europe and the MENA-Region.

    This course requires no prior knowledge on the MENA-Region or research methods. Laptops are required for the workshops. The seminar was hosted by the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation.


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