Dr. Jasmin Lorch

jasmin.lorch@uni-erfurt.de

Annemarie Schimmel Scholar (Willy Brandt School of Public Policy)

Postdoctoral Researcher (Willy Brandt School of Public Policy)

Dr. Jasmin Lorch

Short Biography

Jasmin Lorch is a Postdoctoral Fellow (Annemarie Schimmel Scholarship) at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, University of Erfurt. Before joining the Willy Brandt School, she was a Research Fellow at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg/Berlin and, earlier, at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) in Berlin. She holds a PhD (doctorate) in Political Science from the University of Freiburg and an M.A. (Diplom) in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin.

Jasmin has researched and published widely on the role of civil society in weak states and in processes of democratization and autocratization. She has also written extensively about Islamism, political Salafism, and secular-Islamist relations in South- and Southeast Asia and the Maghreb. Jasmin has conducted extensive field research in Myanmar, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Algeria, and Tunisia and has learned a lot from collaborating and exchanging views with local colleagues and academic experts in these countries. The findings of her research have been published by Palgrave Macmillan and the Middle East Institute (MEI) in Washington as well as in Democratization, Politics and Religion, the Journal of Civil Society, Asian Survey, Mediterranean Politics and Middle East Law and Governance (MELG), among others.

In addition, Jasmin has provided advice to foreign and development policy makers, including representatives of the German Federal Foreign Office (AA), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and different German political foundations.

Research

Interests

  • Civil society
  • COVID-19 and Shrinking Space
  • Democratization and autocratization
  • Islamism and political Salafism
  • Secular-Islamist relations
  • State weakness
  • South- and Southeast Asia (esp. Bangladesh, Myanmar, Philippines)
  • Maghreb (esp. Algeria and Tunisia)

Projects

  • “From Quietism to Politics: The Egyptian Salafist Movement 1970 to 2012” (refocussed on the Maghreb in 2016), funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, headed by Prof. Dr. Henner Fürtig), based at the Institute for Middle East Studies (IMES) of the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), 2016-2020.
  • “Civil Society Organizations as Supporters of Authoritarian Rule? A Cross- Regional Comparison (Vietnam, Algeria, Mozambique)”, funded by the DFG (headed by Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner), based at the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies (IAS), 2013-2015.

Memberships

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Asienkunde (DGA)

Publications

Monographs

  • Lorch, Jasmin (2017), Civil Society and Mirror Images of Weak States: Bangladesh and the Philippines, Governance and Limited Statehood Series edited by Thomas Risse, London: Palgrave Macmillan

Journal Articles

  • Lorch, Jasmin (2020), “Elite Capture, Civil Society and Democratic Backsliding in Bangladesh, Thailand and the Philippines”, Democratization (online first), DOI: 10.1080/13510347.2020.1842360
  • Lorch, Jasmin (2020), “Terrorism in Bangladesh: Understanding a Complex Phenomenon”, Asian Survey: A Bimonthly Review of Contemporary Asian Affairs, 60(4) (July/August), 778-802
  • Hassan, Mazen; Lorch, Jasmin and Ranko, Annette (2020), “Explaining Divergent Transformation Paths in Tunisia and Egypt: The Role of Inter-Elite Trust”, Mediterranean Politics 25(5), 553-578 (nominated for the best 2020 APSA MENA section article award)
  • Lorch, Jasmin and Chakroun, Hatem (2020), “Othering Within the Islamist Spectrum: Ennahda and the Political Salafists in Tunisia”, Middle East Law and Governance, 12 (2020), 198-221
  • Lorch, Jasmin (2019), “Islamization by Secular Ruling Parties: The Case of Bangladesh”, Politics and Religion, 12(2), 257-282
  • Wischermann, Jörg; Bunk, Bettina; Köllner, Patrick and Lorch, Jasmin (2018), “Do Associations Support Authoritarian Rule? Evidence from Algeria, Mozambique, and Vietnam”, Journal of Civil Society, 14(2), 95-115
  • Lorch, Jasmin (2017), “Civil Society Support for Military Coups: Bangladesh and the Philippines”, Journal of Civil Society, 13(2), 184-201
  • Lorch, Jasmin and Bunk, Bettina (2017), “Using Civil Society as an Authoritarian Legitimation Strategy: Algeria and Mozambique in Comparative Perspective”, Democratization, 24(6), 987-1005
  • Lorch, Jasmin (2008), “Stopgap or Change Agent? The Role of Burma’s Civil Society after the Crackdown”, International Quarterly for Asian Studies, 39(1-2), 21-54
  • Lorch, Jasmin (2007), “Myanmar’s Civil Society – a Patch for the National Education System? The Emergence of Civil Society in Areas of State Weakness”, Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, Issue 3/2007, 54-88
  • Lorch, Jasmin (2006), “Civil Society under Authoritarian Rule: The Case of Myanmar”, Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, Issue 2/2006, 3-37

Book Chapters

Book Chapters

  • Lorch, Jasmin and Sombatpoonsiri, Janjira (2020), “Southeast Asia: Between Autocratization and Democratic Resurgence”, in: Youngs, Richard (ed.), Global Civil Society in the Shadow of the Corona Virus, Washington DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 5-10
  • Beisheim, Marianne; Ellersiek, Anne and Lorch, Jasmin (2018), “INGOs and Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships”, in: Thomas Risse, Tanja A. Börzel and Anke Draude (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Governance and Limited Statehood, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 211-230
  • Lorch, Jasmin (2016), „Algeriens säkulare Zivilgesellschaft: Zwischen Reformbeiträgen und Systemerhalt”, in: Sigrid Faath (ed.), Nordafrikas säkulare Zivilgesellschaften: Ihr Beitrag zur Stärkung von Demokratie und Menschenrechten, Berlin: KAS, 53-83
  • Lorch, Jasmin (2015), „Myanmar“, in: Ostasiatischer Verein (OAV) (ed.), Wirtschaftshandbuch Asien-Pazifik 2014/2015, Hamburg: OAV, 365-385
  • Beisheim, Marianne; Liese, Andrea and Lorch, Jasmin (2014), “Introduction”, in: Marianne Beisheim and Andrea Liese (eds.), Transnational Partnerships: Effectively Providing for Sustainable Development?, Governance and Limited Statehood Series edited by Thomas Risse, Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 3-16
  • Janetschek, Hannah and Lorch, Jasmin (2014), “Mastans in Bangladesh”, in: Marianne Beisheim and Andrea Liese (eds.), Transnational Partnerships: Effectively Providing for Sustainable Development?, Governance and Limited Statehood Series edited by Thomas Risse, Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 138-139 (textbox)
  • Lorch, Jasmin (2014), „Aktuelle Entwicklungen und Aussicht. Perspektiven und Widersprüche des myanmarischen Reformprozesses“, in: Ute Köster, Phuong Le Trong und Christina Grein (Hrsg.), Handbuch Myanmar. Gesellschaft, Politik, Wirtschaft, Kultur, Entwicklung, Leck: Horlemann, 419-439
  • Lorch, Jasmin (2008), “The (Re)emergence of Civil Society in Areas of State Weakness: The Case of Education in Burma/Myanmar”, in: Monique Skidmore and Trevor Wilson (eds.) (2008), Dictatorship, Disorder and Decline in Myanmar, Canberra: ANU E-Press, The Australian National University, 151–176
  • Lorch, Jasmin (2007), „Auf der Suche nach Lücken im autoritären System. Trotz Militärdiktatur verfügen zivilgesellschaftliche Selbsthilfegruppen in Birma über gewisse, wenngleich begrenzte Handlungsspielräume”, in: Heinrich Geiger (2007) (Hrsg.), Myanmar. Bildung und Entwicklung in einem multiethnischen Staat, Bonn: Köllen, 35-54
  • Lorch, Jasmin (2006), “Do Civil Society Actors Have any Room for Manoeuvre in Myanmar/Burma? Locating Gaps in the Authoritarian System”, in: Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBF) (ed.), Active Citizens under Political Wraps: Experiences from Myanmar/Burma and Vietnam, Chiang Mai: HBF, 2006, 120-139
  • Lorch, Jasmin (2005), “Bieschke, Eduard”, in: Siegfried Mielke in Verbindung mit Günter Morsch (Hrsg.), Gewerkschafter in den Konzentrationslagern Oranienburg und Sachsenhausen. Biographisches Handbuch, Berlin: Edition Hentrich, 359-363
  • Lorch, Jasmin (2005), “Hannemann, Erich”, in: Siegfried Mielke in Verbindung mit Günter Morsch (Hrsg.), Gewerkschafter in den Konzentrationslagern Oranienburg und Sachsenhausen. Biographisches Handbuch, Berlin: Edition Hentrich, 347-350
  • Lorch, Jasmin (2005), “Stahl, Ewald”, in: Siegfried Mielke in Verbindung mit Günter Morsch (Hrsg.), Gewerkschafter in den Konzentrationslagern Oranienburg und Sachsenhausen. Biographisches Handbuch, Berlin: Edition Hentrich, 535-536

Other Publications

Other Publications

Press Interviews and Media Events (Selection)