Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies


  • Short CV

    • Since 10/2019: Director of GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies, Hamburg

    • Since 10/2019: Professor for contemporary history and politics of the Middle East at the University of Hamburg

    • 2012 - 2019: Senior Research Fellow, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB)

    • Since 2013: Adjunct Lecturer, Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI)

    • 2016 - 2018: Scientific Advisor to the Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po, Paris

    • Spring 2014: KSP Visiting Professor, Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA), Sciences Po

    • 2009 - 2012: Visiting Research Fellow, Princeton University

    • 2006 - 2010: Director of Economic Studies, Gulf Research Center (GRC), Dubai

    • 2000 - 2006: Work for banks in Frankfurt, Mainz and Dubai in equity and fixed income trading

    • Education: PhD in Economics (Political Science and Islamic Studies as minors) Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (1999); Free University of Berlin (1995-1996); M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies (Political Science, Economics, Islamic Studies), Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (1995); Institut Français d'Études Arabes de Damas and University of Damascus (1993-1994)

    Current Research

    • Contemporary history of Iraq (1979-2003)

    • Political Economy of the Middle East

    • Energy and food security

    • Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation

    Countries and Regions

    • Gulf region

    • Iraq

    • Egypt

    • Syria


    Memberships

    • Marco Polo book series of Department of Asian and North African Studies of Ca’ Foscari University, Venice
    • German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation
    • World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies
    • Food Security
    • Middle East Studies Association
    • Journal of Arabian Studies

    Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-504eckart.woertz@giga-hamburg.de

    Blog article | 04/2021

    Vaccine Diplomacy in the MENA Region

    Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies

    Dr. Roie Yellinek

    Visiting Fellow

    Georgetown Journal of International Affairs | 04/2021

    When “Pariahs” Go Green: Energy Transitions in the Middle East and the Biden Administration

    Energy transitions will materially affect US foreign policy in the Middle East. As the global energy mix transitions towards renewables, technology is becoming strategically more important than location and the geopolitical relevance of the region will decline.

    Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies

    Democratization | 2021

    Resilience, Conflict and Areas of Limited Statehood in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria

    Adj. Prof. Dr. Daniela Huber

    Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies

    Chapter in edited Volume | 12/2020

    The Geopolitics of Renewable Energy Transitions in the MENA

    Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies

    Research Project | 01/05/2021 - 31/12/2025

    SAGE-Centre: Sustainable Adaptation to Global Change in the Middle East

    In dealing with climate change, scientific cooperation between emerging countries and industrialised nations is of particular importance. The GIGA is part of the Climate and Environment Centre SAGE – one of four global centres on the topic, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service and the Federal Foreign Office. SAGE will contribute to empowering Middle Eastern societies to create a science-based, adaptive and sustainable management of natural resources in a changing world.
    DAAD, 2021-2025

    Research Project | 01/04/2021 - 31/03/2024

    World Order Narratives of the Global South

    The decades since the late twentieth century are marked by the end of the bipolar world order and the rise of countries of the Global South. Most explanations focus on political and economic power shifts and do not pay much attention to ideas of order, especially those prevalent in the Global South. To provide a more inclusive perspective, this project researches world order narratives in Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Asia. It is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of its Area Studies strategy.
    BMBF, 2021-2024

    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

    Tagesschau | Quote | 31/12/2021

    US-geführte Koalition beendet Kampfeinsatz

    Tagesanzeiger | Article | 13/12/2021

    Wie viel Diktatur steckt in Katar?

    Consultant | 20/11/2021

    Schritte und Strategien zur Lösung/Minimierung der Konflikte im Nahen Osten

    Gesellschaft für Sicherheitspolitik e.V. Berlin: 20/11/2021

    Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies

    Speaker | 04/11/2021

    Welche Telefonnummer hat Europa? ”Europäische” Außenpolitik in der südlichen Nachbarschaft

    Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg Nuremberg: 04/11/2021

    Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies

    Consultant | 20/10/2021

    Social Justice and Food Security: The Right to Food Justice in the Arab Region

    UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia Beirut: 20/10/2021

    Webinar

    Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2021

    10 Years after the Arab Spring

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg

    Lecture series, www.giga-hamburg.de/en/events/conferences-and-workshops/10-years-after-the-arab-spring

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2021

    Iraq (1920-2003): From Decolonisation to Authoritarian Baath Rule

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2021

    Islamism: Past and Present

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg

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