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


    • Marco Polo book series of Department of Asian and North African Studies of Ca’ Foscari University, Venice
    • Review of Economics and Political Science
    • Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies
    • German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation
    • Food Security
    • Middle East Studies Association
    • Journal of Arabian Studies

    Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies

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    Water International | 11/2022

    Virtual Water, International Relations and the New Geopolitics of Food

    Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies

    Regional Environmental Change | 10/2022

    Scorched Earth Tactics of the “Islamic State” After its Loss of Territory: Intentional Burning of Farmland in Iraq and Syria

    This article examines the causes of uncontrolled and irregular fires within farmlands in parts of the two countries in 2019–2020 and quantify their extent spatiotemporally using a combination of medium and coarse-resolution satellite imagery, land cover, precipitation, temperature data, and multiple sources of armed violence data.

    Hadi H. Jaafar

    Lara Sujud

    GIGA Focus Middle East | 2/2022

    The Russian War against Ukraine: Middle East Food Security at Risk

    In the Middle East and North Africa, dependence on Ukraine and Russia for imports of wheat is among the highest globally at 50 per cent. As the war on Ukraine is disrupting the global food trade, it is also having deleterious effects on food security across much of the Arab world.

    Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies

    Mediterranean Politics | 2022

    Populism and Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation: The Barcelona Process 25 Years After

    A populist surge in Europe is affecting Euro-Mediterranean cooperation 25 years after the Barcelona Process was launched, reinforcing existing trends of de-Europeanisation and renationalisation of foreign policies. The authors analyse the current landscape of political contestation of Mediterranean cooperation.

    Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies

    Dr. Eduard Soler i Lecha

    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 (WONAGO)

    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

    Badische Zeitung | Quote | 20/11/2022

    Kein Wintermärchen möglich

    Podcast Tonspur Wissen | Interview | 11/11/2022

    Podcast "Tonspur Wissen": Wem nützt die WM in Katar?

    Die Welt zu Gast in einem Land, in dem Frauen wenig Rechte haben und in denen Homosexualität als Sünde gilt und unter Strafe steht. Das sorgt weltweit für Empörung. Wem nützt die WM in Katar und warum hat die FIFA das Land als Austragungsort gewählt? Ursula Weidenfeld im Gespräch mit Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz.

    Speaker | 23/11/2022

    Nahrungsmittelsicherheit im Nahen Osten: Covid-19, Ukrainekrieg und Lehren vergangener Krisen

    Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Marburg Marburg: 23/11/2022

    Vortrag im Rahmen der Vortragsreihe des Studium Generale. "Verflochten und vernetzt: Wechselwirkungen des Nahen und Mittleren Ostens mit dem Westen"

    Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies

    Panelist | 08/11/2022

    Fußball-WM in Katar Macht – Mammon – Menschenrechte Teil 2

    Landeszentrale Politische Bildung Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart: 08/11/2022

    Podiumsdiskussion Universität Freiburg

    Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies

    Consultant | 07/11/2022

    Game Over!? Hat die EU ihre Zukunft verzockt?

    Club of Logistics e.V. Dortmund: 07/11/2022


    Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2022

    German Foreign Policy in the Middle East since World War II

    Das Seminar behandelt die Außenpolitik der Bundesrepublik Deutschland im Nahen Osten und Nordafrika seit dem 2. Weltkrieg.

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2021

    10 Years after the Arab Spring

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany

    Lecture series,

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2021

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

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany


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