Dastan Jasim


Dastan Jasim

  • Short CV

    • Since 10/2020: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies and member of the GIGA Doctoral Programme

    • 06/2017 – 01/2021: Conflict Researcher for the Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research on Kurdish conflicts in Iraq and Syria

    • 07 - 09/2019: Visiting Scholar at the Center for Gender and Development Studies (CGDS) at the American University of Iraq - Sulaimaniya

    • 10/2017 - 02/2019: Student assistant at GESIS - Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences, Mannheim

    • 08–09/2018: Internship at the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies

    • Education: M.A. in Political Science & Assyriology, Heidelberg University; B.A. in Social Sciences, University of Stuttgart

    Current Research

    • Kurdish Studies

    • Democratization & Decentralization

    • Political Sociology
    • Security policy in & around Kurdistan

    • Survey data harmonization

    Countries and Regions

    • Kurdistan

    • Iraq
    • Iran
    • Syria
    • Turkey


    • Civic Culture without a State: Kurdish Civic Culture in Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria between State-Control and Resistance

    Dastan Jasim



    Blog Article | 10/2022

    Iran Protests: Reform, Revolution, or Status Quo?

    The demands of the protesters for regime change are a clear manifestation of the deep frustration and the loss of hope for reform among the Iranian public and seem to signal that the time is ripe for comprehensive change.

    Der Freitag | Article | 16/02/2023

    Die verfehlte Baupolitik Erdogans ist verantwortlich für die vielen Erdbebenopfer

    Nicht Erdbeben töten, sondern schlecht gebaute Häuser. Die Menschen in der Türkei fodern nun Rechenschaft. Ein Artikel von GIGA-Forscherin Dastan Jasim.

    North Press Agency | Mention | 10/02/2023

    How Turkey Weaponizes Natural Disasters Against Kurds

    The government in Ankara has a history of instrumentalising natural disasters for political gain – particularly against Kurds. The response to the twin earthquakes on February 6 appears to be the latest instalment in this tradition.

    Frankfurter Rundschau | Interview | 18/01/2023

    Erdogan vor Eskalation in der Kurden-Frage? „Der Westen spielt auf Zeit“

    Die Türkei droht weiter mit einer Eskalation in Nordsyrien, der Westen bleibt offenbar passiv. Was steckt dahinter? Expertin Dastan Jasim sieht mehrere Gründe.

    De Balie | 18/03/2023

    Afrin: Trapped Between Empires

    Organiser: De Balie Dastan Jasim (Consultant)

    For the people of Afrin, in North Syria, the earthquake of February 6th is a tragedy upon a tragedy. Even though the earthquake itself was an unavoidable force of nature, the injustice that ensued soon after – and preceded it – is political. Like many times before, the people of North Syria were left to fend for themselves with little or no help. How should the Netherlands and other European member states respond to attain justice for the people, Kurds and other minorities of North Syria?


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