Mona Saleh

Doctoral Researcher

  • Short CV

    • Since 01/2020: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies and in the project „The Authority of International Organizations and Institutional Overlap” (Prof. Tobias Lenz)

    • Since 01/2020: Doctoral Student at the GIGA Doctoral Programme and the University of Lüneburg

    • 09/2019 - 12/2019: Mediterranean Dialogue (MED) Fellow, at NATO Defense College (NDC), Rome, Italy

    • Since 11/2018: Research Fellow in the project „ The Authority of International Organizations and Institutional Overlap” at Gottingen University, Germany

    • 07/2016 - 08/2018: Reporter-researcher, the Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Cairo, Egypt.

    • 04/2014 - 09/2015: Research Assistant at the Global Affairs Program, Department of Public Policy and Administration – American University in Cairo, Egypt

    • 10/2013 - 02/2014: Research Assistant at the Religion and Peacemaking Program, United States Institute of Peace (USIP) – Washington DC, USA

    • 10/2011 - 11/2011: Visiting Fellow at Roger Williams University contributing to a number of classes

    • Education: M.A. International Relations and Political Sciences - Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland M.A. of Global Affairs – School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt; B.A. English Department, Alexandria University, Egypt

    Current Research

    • Regional Organisations

    • League of Arab States & African Union

    • Legitimacy and Legitimation Strategies

    • Critical Security Studies

    • WMD Disarmament and non-proliferation.

    Countries and Regions

    • Middle East

    • North Africa


    • International Studies Association
    • International Political Science Association
    • Middle East Studies Association
    • Midwest Political Science Association


    • Institutional Overlap and Legitimacy of Regional Organizations

    Mona Saleh

    Doctoral Researcher

    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

    Policy Forum | 06/2018

    A New Egyptian Track II Approach to the WMD/DVs-Free Zone in the Middle East/Gulf

    Mona Saleh

    Doctoral Researcher

    E-International Relations | 05/2017

    Border Control and Migration Fatalities in the Mediterranean Sea

    Mona Saleh

    Doctoral Researcher

    E-International Relations | 01/2016

    Hassan al-Banna: A Starting Point for Contemporary Islamic Fundamentalism

    Mona Saleh

    Doctoral Researcher

    Panelist | 13/10/2022

    Global Order, International Organisations and Organisational Options

    Workshop 13/10/2022

    Mona Saleh

    Doctoral Researcher

    Speaker | 19/07/2022

    Nuclear Weapons Free Zones and Unconditional Security Assurances as Applied to the Middle East

    Seminar 19/07/2022

    Invited to give a presentation at the The Middle East Treaty Organization (METO) Summer Course on WMD Disarmament & Security in the Middle East will run from 12 July to 16 August. The course of 9-sessions will provide students with a thorough understanding of weapons of mass destruction proliferation across the Middle East and North Africa region and efforts to strengthen international non-proliferation regimes. The course will be taught with perspectives from the Middle East.

    Mona Saleh

    Doctoral Researcher

    Speaker | 25/06/2022

    Legitimation by Differentiation: How Do International Organizations Claim Legitimacy in Complexity?

    Conference 25/06/2022

    Mona Saleh

    Doctoral Researcher


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