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Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies

Short CV

  • Since 10/2019: Director of GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies, Hamburg

  • Since 10/2019: Professor for contemporary history and politics of the Middle East at the University of Hamburg

  • 2012 - 2019: Senior Research Fellow, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB)

  • Since 2013: Adjunct Lecturer, Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI)

  • 2016 - 2018: Scientific Advisor to the Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po, Paris

  • Spring 2014: KSP Visiting Professor, Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA), Sciences Po

  • 2009 - 2012: Visiting Research Fellow, Princeton University

  • 2006 - 2010: Director of Economic Studies, Gulf Research Center (GRC), Dubai

  • 2000 - 2006: Work for banks in Frankfurt, Mainz and Dubai in equity and fixed income trading

  • Education: PhD in Economics (Political Science and Islamic Studies as minors) Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (1999); Free University of Berlin (1995-1996); M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies (Political Science, Economics, Islamic Studies), Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (1995); Institut Français d'Études Arabes de Damas and University of Damascus (1993-1994)

Current Research

  • Contemporary history of Iraq (1979-2003)

  • Geo-economics of the Middle East

  • Energy and food security

  • Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation

Countries and Regions

  • Gulf region

  • Iraq

  • Egypt

  • Syria



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