Dr. Hana Attia


Dr. Hana Attia

  • Short CV

    • Since 10/2023: Associate Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute for African Affairs
    • 05/2022 - 09/2023: Interim Spokesperson of the Research Team "Interventions and Security", RP 2 "Peace and Security"
    • Since 10/2018: PhD Student at the Graduate School of Decision Sciences, University of Konstanz and member of the GIGA Doctoral Programme

    • 08/2018 - 09/2023: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of African Affairs in the research project „The Termination of International Sanctions: Causes, Processes and Domestic Consequences“ funded by the German Research Foundation

    • 2017 - 2018: Research Intern and after that Quantitative Junior Research Manager at the GIM GmbH

    • 2016 - 2017: Research Assistant at the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 884, the Chair for Quantitative Methods for Social Sciences (University of Mannheim) and a socio-political think tank in Cairo

    • 2015 - 2016: Visiting Graduate Student at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington D.C.

    • Education: B.A. and M.A. in Political Science at the University of Mannheim with special focus on International Relations and Quantitative Methods

    Current Research

    • International sanctions

    • International organisations (U.N Studies)

    • Authoritarian regimes

    • Quantitative methods

    Countries and Regions

    • Middle East and North Africa (MENA)


    • Biased Coercion: The Imposition, Management, and Termination of US Sanctions


    • Award-Winning Dissertation: GIGA Researcher Dr. Hana Attia Receives the “Aquila Ascendens” Young Researcher Award for Security Policy, DialogForum Sicherheitspolitik (DFS), 2023

    Dr. Hana Attia



    Journal of Global Security Studies | 12/2023

    Easier In than Out: Lessons Learned from the Termination of the Iraq Sanctions Regime

    Reconstructing previously neglected debates about ending sanctions for the “watershed case” of the UN embargo against Iraq, we find that the United States depicted the lifting of sanctions as an all-or-nothing question, which impeded a more gradual approach toward ending the measures.

    International Studies Quarterly | 06/2023

    Monitoring the Monitor? Selective Responses to Human Rights Transgressions

    This paper investigates whether sanctions based on standardized human rights assessments are also influenced by senders’ strategic political and economic interests.

    Chapter in Edited Volume | 2023

    The Termination of International Sanctions: Actors, Processes and Consequences

    The termination of sanctions is an important but largely understudied phenomenon within international politics. The chapter conceptualizes the protracted process of sanctions termination and conducts an in-depth analysis of termination patterns of European Union, United Nations, United States and regional-organization sanctions in the post-Cold War era.

    Dataset | 2022

    International Sanctions Termination Dataset

    The International Sanctions Termination (IST) dataset is composed of the entire universe of sanctions imposed by the EU, UN, US and regional organizations in the period from 1990 to 2018, including those that were already in place by 1990 and those still ongoing...


    Research Project | 01/01/2022 - 30/09/2024

    Sanctions Termination in Times of Crises: Unpacking the Role of External Shocks

    In March 2020, the UN Secretary-General called for the easing of sanctions against Iran in response to COVID-19. Hence, external shocks are potentially related to sanctions termination. Yet, the effect of different types of external shocks such as pandemics, natural disasters, and economic crises on the (gradual) removal of sanctions has not been systematically studied. This project examines when and how external shocks affect sanctions termination through a nested research design combining new data collection, statistical analyses, and two case studies.
    DFG, 2022-2024

    Research Project | 01/06/2020 - 28/02/2021

    Population Growth and Security in Africa

    As recent projections estimate, population growth will remain a challenge throughout Africa, although growth rates have slowed over recent decades. Africa’s population will continue to grow strongly over the next few decades, especially in sub-regions such as the Sahel. Many observers and practitioners have started to warn that population growth may escalate distributional conflicts and could increase related challenges such as uncontrolled migration.
    FFO, 2020-2021

    Research Project | 01/08/2018 - 31/07/2021

    The Termination of International Sanctions: Causes, Processes and Domestic Consequences

    Sanctions termination has become a ubiquitous phenomenon in international politics. Controversies about cases such as Cuba, Iran, Russia, and Zimbabwe exemplify the contested nature of policy debates about the termination of sanctions. Yet, research has focused on sanctions’ implementation and effectiveness, directing little attention towards their removal. This project examines the causes, processes, and consequences of ending sanctions. It combines cross-national analyses based on the first global dataset on sanctions termination with in-depth case studies covering different regions.
    DFG, 2018-2021

    Foreign Times | Interview | 14/06/2023

    Sanktionen und ihre Probleme

    Ein Gespräch über Sanktionen: Wie sie wirken, warum sie nicht wirken und was sich bessern muss, am Beispiel Iran.

    Neue Züricher Zeitung | Interview | 26/07/2022

    Ägyptens Ohnmacht, Äthiopiens Stolz – die Gespräche über den Staudamm am Blauen Nil stecken in der Sackgasse

    Schon das dritte Jahr in Folge befüllt Äthiopien den Stausee am Grand-Ethiopian-Renaissance-Damm. Ägypten fürchtet daher um seine Wasserversorgung und droht mit Krieg. Eine Einigung in dem brisanten Streit ist nicht in Sicht.

    Brut. Egypt | Interview | 15/01/2022

    Egypt and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

    Conference | 05/11/2023 - 07/11/2023

    A Story of Exemptions rather than Termination: Humanitarian Crises and the Lifting of International Sanctions

    IHSA Conference on Humanitarian Studies, Online Event and Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dhaka Organisers: International Humanitarian Studies Association Dr. Julia Grauvogel (Speaker), Dr. Hana Attia (Speaker)

    COVID-19 did not significantly alter decisions related to the termination of sanctions in the years 2020 and 2021. There, are however, other temporary adjustment strategies by the senders in form of humanitarian exemptions and general licenses that were issued during these two years.

    Conference | 14/06/2023 - 16/06/2023

    Offene Sektionstagung der Sektion Internationale Beziehungen der DVPW

    Offene Sektionstagung der Sektion Internationale Beziehungen der DVPW, Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen Organisers: Sektion "Internationale Beziehungen", DVPW Dr. Julia Grauvogel (Chair), Dr. Hana Attia (Chair)

    This panel brings together papers that empirically explore and conceptually discuss the full life cycle of sanctions, covering key aspects of their onset, implementation, and termination. The contributions use novel data and leverage innovative empirical strategies such as survey experiments to disentangle how economic threats and coercion affect different actors in sender and target states.

    Conference | 14/06/2023 - 16/06/2023

    Sanctions Termination in Times of Crises

    Offene Sektionstagung der Sektion „Internationale Beziehungen“ der PVPW, Friedrichshafen Organisers: German Political Science Association, Sektion "Internationale Beziehungen", DVPW Dr. Hana Attia (Speaker), Dr. Julia Grauvogel (Speaker)

    External shocks such as pandemics can fundamentally alter considerations about whether and when to lift sanctions. This paper first discusses how different types of external shocks could affect the termination of sanctions.

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2021

    Sanctions in International Relations

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2019

    International Sanctions: Actors, Processes and Consequences

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany


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