Prof. Dr. Martin Beck

Associate


  • Short CV

    • Since 08/2012: Professor of Contemporary Middle East Studies - University of Southern Denmark in Odense, Denmark

    • Since 08/2012: Associate Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies

    • 2010 - 2012: KAS resident representative to Amman (covering Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria) - Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Jordan

    • 2007 - 2012: Senior Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies, responsible for politics, society and socio-economic development of the Near East (Israel/Jordan/Lebanon/Palestine/Syria) and Senior Lecturer ("Privatdozent"), Hamburg University, Germany

    • Winter term 2007/2008: Acting Chair for International Relations at the University of Bremen, Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS)

    • 2005 - 2006: Three trimesters Acting Chair for International Relations at the University of the Federal Armed Forces, Hamburg

    • 2004: Senior Fellow and Lecturer, German Institute for Middle East Studies, Hamburg; "Privatdozent", Hamburg University

    • 2001-2004: Visiting Associate Professor and DAAD Representative, Department for History and Political Science, Birzeit University, West Bank, DAAD Information Office, East Jerusalem

    • 2001:Habilitation (postdoctoral lecture qualification), University of Tübingen , granting of the ‚venia legendia’ for political science". Thesis on ‘Rationality, Cooperation and Political Rent: The Peace Process in the Middle East and the Development of the Palestinian Autonomous Territories.

    • 1990-2000: Assistant Professor, Institute of Political Science, University of Tübingen

    • 1994: Visiting Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver, Colorado, USA

    • Studies of Political Science and German Linguistics and Literature at the University of Tübingen

    Current Research

    • International and regional Oil Politics

    • Arab Spring

    • Regional Politics and Regional Powers in the Middle East

    • Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Countries and Regions

    • Middle East (esp. Iran, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria)

    Research Programmes

    Prof. Dr. Martin Beck

    Associate

    T. +45 65 50 21 72mbeck@sdu.dk

    Chapter in edited Volume | 08/2021

    Oil and Political Economy in the Middle East: Overcoming Rentierism?

    Dr. Thomas Richter

    Senior Research Fellow / Editor GIGA Focus Middle East

    Edited volume | Manchester University Press | 08/2021

    Oil and the Political Economy in the Middle East: Post-2014 Adjustment Policies of the Arab Gulf and Beyond

    Dr. Thomas Richter

    Senior Research Fellow / Editor GIGA Focus Middle East

    Chapter in edited Volume | 08/2021

    Pressured by the Decreased Price of Oil: Post-2014 Adjustment Policies in the Arab Gulf and Beyond

    Dr. Thomas Richter

    Senior Research Fellow / Editor GIGA Focus Middle East

    Global Policy | 02/2020

    Fluctuating Regional (Dis-)Order in the Post-Arab Uprising Middle East

    Dr. Thomas Richter

    Senior Research Fellow / Editor GIGA Focus Middle East

    The European | Article | 14/03/2011

    Ein Strukturproblem

    Speaker | 09/11/2021

    Whither Rentierism: Trajectories of Adjustment in the Arab Gulf after the Era of Oil Income Abundance

    Workshop 09/11/2021

    This paper looks at key trajectories of adjustment in the Arab Gulf since 2014. We argue that despite a wide range of adjustment measures no deep, structural reform has been initiated in any of the GCC countries. We highlight, however, the importance of several crucial trends which shed light upon the future of reforms in the region. First, while coordination between oil produces was successful at the global level in the context of OPEC+, similarly gainful policy coordination was largely absent within the GCC. Second, migrant workers from the Global South have been the biggest losers from post-2014 adjustment policies, while citizens of the Gulf states – most of whom are employed in the well-paid public sector – were able to maintain their privileges. Third, as typical for rentier states, adjustment policies were characterized by institutional weaknesses. Differences between GCC countries can be explained by looking at distinctive institutional configurations relevant for policy formulation and decision making. In our concluding section we discuss what this means for the advancement of rentierism as key concept to better understand the political economy in the Middle East.

    Speaker | 16/09/2021

    Vom Überfluss zur Knappheit: Rentierstaatlichkeit im arabischen Golf

    Conference 16/09/2021

    Organiser | 14/03/2019 - 15/03/2019

    Challenged by the Decreased Price of Oil: Adjustment Policies in the Arab Gulf and Beyond since 2014

    Cooperation Event Beirut: 14/03/2019 - 15/03/2019 Organisers: Lebanese Oil and Gas Initiative, German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

    Workshop of the Research Platform Middle East "Challenged by the Decreased Price of Oil: Adjustment Policies in the Arab Gulf and Beyond since 2014"

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