Hager Ali

Doctoral Researcher

  • Short CV

    • Since 10/2018: Research Fellow / Doctoral Student at GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies and at GIGA Doctoral Programme

    • 09/2016 - 01/2018: Student Assistant at the Student Recruitment Office of the Central European University Budapest (Internship)

    • 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

    • Since 2010: Freelance Journalist

    • 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

    • Regime Change, Regime Stability, Democratization

    • Authoritarian Regimes, Authoritarian Institutions

    • Research Methodology

    • Military Professionalism

    • Party systems and cleavages

    Countries and Regions

    • Middle East

    • North Africa


    • 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


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

    GIGA Focus Nahost | 7/2020

    Egypt after the Arab Spring: A Legacy of No Advancement

    With the tenth anniversary of the Arab Spring uprising approaching, it has become clear that civil–military relations, infrastructure development, and population growth remain three interrelated challenges for Egypt that have persisted throughout the last decade. An Analysis.

    Hager Ali

    Doctoral Researcher

    WDR aktuell, Tickr News | Expert Comment / Guest Contribution | 10/01/2022

    Medieninszenierungen der Taliban in Afghanistan

    Deutsche Welle | Expert Comment / Guest Contribution | 20/10/2021

    Libya's decade of instability after Moammar Gadhafi's death

    Moderator | 12/11/2021

    10 Jahre Arabischer Frühling: Lesung und Gespräch mit Franz Maget

    Conference 12/11/2021

    Moderation of Book Presentation with author and politician Franz Maget, with presentation and discussion on electoral reforms in Tunisia, the role of women in Tunisian politics, and decentralization

    Hager Ali

    Doctoral Researcher

    Invited Guest | 08/09/2021 - 09/09/2021

    Egypt International Cooperation Forum 2021

    Ministry of International Cooperation Cairo: 08/09/2021 - 09/09/2021

    This event was co-organized by the United Nations, OECD, the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the Africal Development Bank.

    Hager Ali

    Doctoral Researcher

    Speaker | 31/08/2021

    Cleavage Politics and Urban Development in Egypt

    Conference 31/08/2021

    Paper Presentation at ECPR General Conference 2021

    Hager Ali

    Doctoral Researcher

    Teaching | Friedrich Ebert Foundation | 2020

    A new Cold War in the Middle East?

    Friedrich Ebert Foundation Bonn

    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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