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)


    Memberships

    • Heidelberger Institut für Internationale Konfliktforschung e.V.
    • International Studies Quarterly
    • Digest of Middle East Studies
    • Globalizations
    • Digest of Middle East Studies

    Awards

    • Nils Petter Gleditsch JPR Article of the Year Award 2015

    Dr. André Bank

    Senior Research Fellow

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-584andre.bank@giga-hamburg.de

    Mediterranean Politics | Taylor and Francis Ltd. | Forthcoming

    Special Issue: MENA Political Science Research a Decade after the Arab Uprisings: Facing the Facts on Tremulous Ground

    This special issue covers topics such as critical juncture for the MENA research fields, revisiting the Area Studies Controversy in light of the Arab uprisings and changes that political science research in MENA has yielded.

    Dr. André Bank

    Senior Research Fellow

    Dr. Jan Busse

    Blog article | 02/2021

    Die "Politics of Scale" in der deutschsprachigen Politikwissenschaft: Warum sich eine breitere Diskussion des Konzepts lohnt

    Dr. Riccarda Flemmer

    Dr. Regina Heller

    Dr. Maren Hofius

    Prof. Dr. Hanna Pfeifer

    Dr. Jan Wilkens

    Mediterranean Politics | 2021

    MENA Political Science a Decade after the Arab Uprisings: Facing the Facts on Tremulous Grounds

    This special issue covers topics such as critical juncture for the MENA research fields, revisiting the Area Studies Controversy in light of the Arab uprisings and changes that political science research in MENA has yielded.

    Dr. André Bank

    Senior Research Fellow

    Dr. Jan Busse

    GIGA Working Papers | 08/2020

    State(s) of Negotiation: Drivers of Forced Migration Governance in Most of the World

    Focusing on North Africa, the Middle East, and the Horn of Africa, this paper offers an analytical framework to better understand forced migration governance across space and time from a more global, pluralist perspective in a logic of iterative theory-building.

    Research Project | 01/03/2021 - 31/08/2022

    COVID-19 and the Dynamics of (Post-)War Violence: Lessons from Colombia and Syria

    What are the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the dynamics of violence during and after civil wars? The project analyses the pandemic-related reconfiguration of social and political orders in a comparative study of Syria and Colombia at subnational levels. In this way, it will provide new knowledge on violence dynamics in two of the most complex conflicts today and be able to suggest crucial lessons for similar (post-)war contexts in other parts of the world.
    Volkswagen Foundation, 2021-2022

    Research Project | 01/04/2020 - 31/03/2023

    Merian Center for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM): Imagining Futures Dealing with Disparity

    The "Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb" (MECAM), founded in 2020, is a platform for regional and international scientific exchange in Tunisia based on the central theme "Imagining Futures - Dealing with Disparity". The centre is located at the renowned Université de Tunis in the Tunisian capital. Its research work focuses on the effects of multidimensional disparity on models, visions and ideas about political, social, economic, and cultural futures.
    BMBF, 2020-2023

    Research Project | 01/11/2018 - 01/10/2023

    Migration Governance and Asylum Crises, Work Package "Comparing Crises"

    This project explores how European migration policies are influenced by political crises triggered by (forced) migration. At a time when such policies are heavily contested across European member-states, and when asylum seems more threatened than ever, this project is critically important to improve our understanding of how migration policies are formulated and shaped by a context of crisis. The project gathers 13 partners from diverse European countries, as well as from Lebanon and Turkey, and GIGA leads the Work Package “Comparing Crises”.
    EC, Horizon 2020, 2018-2023

    Tagesschau24 | Interview | 26/05/2021

    Präsidentenwahlen in Syrien

    HR Info (Hessischer Rundfunk) | Interview | 26/05/2021

    Präsidentschaftswahlen in Syrien

    Deutschlandfunk ("Kalenderblatt") | Interview | 25/05/2021

    Die Geburt des Königreichs Transjordanien

    Consultant | 17/06/2021

    BMZ-Ländergespräch Jordanien

    Workshop 17/06/2021

    Dr. André Bank

    Senior Research Fellow

    Speaker | 19/01/2021

    Quo vadis Syria? Military Constellation, Humanitarian Situation and Interests of the Conflict Actors

    Lions International Hamburg: 19/01/2021

    The invited talk provided an overview and analysis of the military and humanitarian situation in Syria ten years after the uprisings, which quickly transformed into an all-out internationalized war, began. Examining the interests of the diverse actors involved in Syria, it presented possible future scenarios.

    Dr. André Bank

    Senior Research Fellow

    Speaker | 27/10/2020

    Webinar Series "Zooming in on Migration and Asylum"

    Cooperation Event Online event: 30/06/2020 Organisers: Advancing Alternative Migration Governance, Transnational Figurations of Displacement, Aligning Migration Management and the Migration–Development Nexus, Migration Governance and Asylum Crises

    Session #4: Comparing Crises – „Migration Crises“ in the Middle East and North Africa

    Dr. André Bank

    Senior Research Fellow

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2014

    New States in the International System

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg

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