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
    • American Political Science Association
    • European Research Group on Military and Society
    • German Political Science Association
    • New German Media Professionals
    • International Studies Association
    • European Consortium for Political Research
    • German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation
    • International Association for Political Science Students

    Dissertation

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

    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 | 27/09/2022

    Autocratic legalism: the ‘silent’ authoritarianism

    Hager Ali proposes a better scholastic categorisation of authoritarianism. Without differentiating between authoritarianisms, some avenues used by autocrats to consolidate their power, like going through courts, escape detection. 

    The UK Political Studies Association Specialist Group on Parliaments | Mention | 22/09/2022

    The Black Box of Authoritarian Legislatures, Republication in PSAparliaments.org

    Hager Ali notes that we need better typologies of authoritarian regimes. The same applies to their legislatures. They can differ from each other as much as from their democratic counterparts.

    The Loop - ECPR's Political Science Blog | Mention | 15/09/2022

    The Black Box of Authoritarian Legislatures

    Legislatures are at the centre of democratic politics, but also take on crucial roles in authoritarian regimes. Felix Wiebrecht illustrates how a multidimensional approach helps us to understand their role in dictatorships and paves the way for more research.

    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

    Panelist | 04/07/2022 - 05/07/2022

    The Crisis of Liberal Interventionism and the Return of War

    Workshop 04/07/2022 - 05/07/2022

    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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