Hager Ali

Doctoral Researcher


  • Short CV

    • Since 03/2022: External 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


    Memberships

    • Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, Membership in discipline-specific association or network, since 2022
    • American Political Science Association, Membership in discipline-specific association or network, since 2021
    • European Research Group on Military and Society, Membership in discipline-specific association or network, since 2021
    • German Political Science Association, Membership in discipline-specific association or network, since 2020
    • New German Media Professionals, Other functions, since 2020
    • International Studies Association, Membership in discipline-specific association or network, since 2020
    • European Consortium for Political Research, Member of ECPR Standing Groups: Political Methodology, Political Violence, Comparative Political Institutions, Critical Peace and Conflict Studies, since 2020
    • German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation, Membership in region-specific association or network, since 2019
    • International Association for Political Science Students, Membership in discipline-specific association or network, since 2018

    Dissertation

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

    Africa Spectrum | 2022

    Between Coups and Election: Constitutional Engineering and Military Entrenchment in Sudan

    In this article, Hager Ali (GIGA), Salah Ben Hammou, and Jonathan Powell (University of Central Florida) investigate how armies re-entrench their power after thwarting democratic transitions.

    Salah Benhammou

    Ass. Prof. Dr. Jonathan Powell

    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 | 01/2023

    Why the Military Promised to Withdraw from Power in Sudan

    Dissolving former ruling parties and purging institutions breaks with old regimes. But, Hager Ali, building strong political parties to govern after ousting long-time rulers takes far more time than new incumbents have, especially when they face severe crises.

    Hager Ali

    Doctoral Researcher

    The Loop - ECPR's Political Science Blog: Autocracies with Adjectives | 08/2022

    Control over Militaries is the Forgotten Landmark of Democracy after Imperialism

    When democracies’ most basic features lose their distinctive edge, differentiating regime types becomes a problem for scholars of democracy and autocracy alike. Hager Ali aims to redraw demarcations between regimes across the political spectrum. To do so, she argues that civilian control over militaries is just as fundamental as suffrage

    Hager Ali

    Doctoral Researcher

    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 | 2022

    Autocracies with Adjectives: The Need for 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. In this series, edited by Hager Ali, authors cover a wide range of institutions, cases, and issues in a written exchange to advance to study of authoritarianism.

    Hager Ali

    Doctoral Researcher

    The Loop - ECPR's Political Science Blog | Mention | 06/01/2023

    Authoritarian practices with adjectives in China

    We need to move on from dichotomising regimes into democracy and not-democracy, and study authoritarian systems at face value. As Hager Ali argues, we need to develop a language capable of categorising and comparing individual authoritarian practices.

    The Loop - ECPR's Political Science Blog | Mention | 23/12/2022

    Let's not overlook classic authoritarians! Understanding Thailand's political regime

    The fashion for seeing all authoritarian regimes through the lens of ‘democratic backsliding’ or ‘autocratisation’ has overshadowed our understanding of classic authoritarians' strategies. Thareerat Laohabut focuses on Thailand to illustrate this problem.

    The Loop - ECPR's Political Science Blog | Mention | 16/12/2022

    Varieties of constitutional models and authoritarian political order

    In line with Hager Ali’s introduction to this series, it is clear that we do not have the full range of 'nuanced typologies [needed] to dissect the broad spectrum of non-democratic regimes'. Looking systematically at the structural variation formatting institutions under authoritarianism complicates our analysis.

    Speaker | 29/09/2022

    Brownbag at Freedom House with Hager Ali on "Autocracies with Adjectives"

    Invited talk with Hager Ali on the Blog-Series "Autocracies with Adjectives", the most recent Nations in Transit-Report, and Hybrid Regimes.

    Hager Ali

    Doctoral Researcher

    Speaker | 22/08/2022

    How to Tell the World about your Research: Blogs and Blogging with the Loop

    A blog article’s accessible shorter format, potential reach beyond academia, and swift turnaround time makes blogging an important part of a contemporary scholar’s research profile. You will hear from our editors, along with recurrent contributors Hager Ali and Ruairidh Brown, about what it takes to craft a great submission.

    Hager Ali

    Doctoral Researcher

    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

    Teaching | Friedrich Ebert Foundation | 2020

    A new Cold War in the Middle East?

    Friedrich Ebert Foundation Bonn Germany

    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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