Since 11/2017: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of African Affairs
2015 - 2017: Yale University, Postdoctoral Associate am MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Academic Associate Director der Yale Africa Initiative, Lecturer in Political Science
2009 - 2015: Yale University, PhD in Political Science
2007 - 2009: Weltbank, Africa Impact Evaluation Initiative (AFTRL)
Education: Ph.D. Political Science, Yale University; M.A. Statistics, Yale University; M.Phil. Political Science, Yale University; M.A. Economics, Syracuse University; M.A.I.R., Syracuse University (Maxwell School); B.A. International Relations, Technische Universität Dresden
The collapse of elected civilian governments – as in Mali, Afghanistan and Guinea – raises the question of the legitimacy of a government. The author of this GIGA Focus argues that elections alone are often not enough to legitimise a government of fragile states in the eyes of the citizens.
Since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August, foreign aid has frequently been framed as a possible lever the international community can use to push them to moderate their rule. The authors state, that international assistance isn’t the political lever many hope it will be.