Mirna El Masri

Research Fellow

  • Short CV

    • Since 09/2021: PhD Candidate at the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences, University of Mannheim, and member of the GIGA Doctoral Programme

    • Since 12/2020: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies and in the project "MOTRA-Monitoring System and Transfer Platform Radicalization"

    • 2018 - 2019: Program Assistant at the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Middle East in Beirut, Lebanon

    • 2017-2018: Research Intern at the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Middle East in Beirut, Lebanon

    • 2015-2016: Teaching Assistant in the Module “Empirical Social Research: Quantitative Analysis II” at the TU Braunschweig, Germany

    • Education: M.Sc. in International Relations with the focus on Quantitative Methods at the University of Essex, United Kingdom; B.A. in Integrated Social Sciences at the TU Braunschweig, Germany

    Current Research

    • MOTRA-Monitoring System and Transfer Platform Radicalization: Investigating international sources of domestic radicalization of right-, left-, and Islamist extremist groups

    • Radicalization and Terrorism

    • Quantitative Methods

    Research Programmes


    • Investigating Sources of Radicalization

    Mirna El Masri

    Research Fellow


    Studies in Conflict and Terrorism | 12/2021

    Threat Perception, Policy Diffusion, and the Logic of Terrorist Group Designation

    Many governments maintain lists of terrorist groups, imposing sanctions on designated organizations. However, the logic behind designation remains unclear. This paper develops arguments for why attack attributes, group attributes, and policy diffusion might explain proscription.

    Mirna El Masri

    Research Fellow

    Dr. Brian J. Phillips

    Research Project | 01/12/2019 - 30/11/2024

    Monitoring System and Transfer Platform Radicalisation

    "Monitoring System and Transfer Platform Radicalization" (MOTRA) is a research association in the context of civil security research (zivile Sicherheitsforschung) funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project was created as part of the establishment of a top-level research cluster for the early detection, prevention and combating of Islamic extremism and terrorism and will be a central point of contact over a period of five years.
    BMBF, 2019-2024

    Political Violence at a Glance | Article | 07/02/2022


    Deutsche Welle | Quote | 13/07/2021

    German spy chief warns of Islamic State's strength


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