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Dr. André Bank

Senior Research Fellow

Short CV

  • 10/2018 - 09/2019: Acting Director of the GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies

  • Since 03/2010: Research Fellow at GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies

  • 2008 - 2009: Commissioned Research Reports – “Stabilizing Factors of Authoritarian Regimes” (University Duisburg-Essen, Institute for Political Science) and “Violence and Individuation” (Bergische University Wuppertal, Institute for Sociology); Parental Leave

  • 2007 – 2008: Research Associate at the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics at the Otto-Suhr Institute for Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin

  • 2005 – 2007: PhD Fellow at the Center for Conflict Studies at Philipps University Marburg, Scholarship holder of the German Foundation for Peace Research (Deutschen Stiftung Friedensforschung, DSF)

  • Education: MA in Political Science, Islamic Studies and Sociology at Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen and the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, 1997–2004; Dissertation “Regional Wars and Local Orders in the Middle East: Iraq, Palestine and New Forms of Domination in Jordan” (in German) (Dissertation prize 2011 of the German Association for Middle East Studies) at Philipps University Marburg, 2005–2010

Current Research

  • Regional Explanations for Authoritarianism

  • Statethood and Political Domination in the Middle East (with a focus on Jordan and Syria)

  • The War in Syria

  • Regional Politics and the Relationship between Arabism and Islamism

Countries and Regions

  • Jordan

  • Syria

  • Palestine/Israel

  • Turkey (Near East Politics)




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