Internationale Politik und Konfliktforschung
Postfach 90 02 21
I am an international relations scholar with a focus on international security, intelligence agencies, migration and humanitarian aid. Having carried out extensive field research in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, I hold expertise on the international relations of West Asia, and on state-society relations in the region.
Before joining the University of Erfurt in 2021, I led an (ongoing) research group on German-Arab intelligence relations at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin, carried out a post-doctoral project at the University of Bremen and was a lecturer at the Geneva Graduate Institute. I hold a PHD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (London) and further degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Sussex. I am the author of the book „The Crisis before the Storm: Iraqi migrants in Syria“ (Syracuse University Press, 2016) and numerous articles in journals such as Security Dialogue, Intelligence and National Security and International Journal of Middle East Studies. My research has been supported by the EU’s COFUND programme, the Volkswagen Stiftung and the German Federal Ministry for Research and Education (BMBF). I have extensive consultancy experience and regularly carry out knowledge transfer and outreach activities in a variety of settings.
Since 2017 Principal Investigator for the Junior Research Group (“Nachwuchsgruppe”) : "Learning Intelligence: The Exchange of Secret Service Knowledge between Germany and the Arab Middle East 1960-2010". Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin.
2014 - 2016 Post-Doctoral Fellow (Co-Fund/Marie Curie), Institute for International and Intercultural Studies, University of Bremen, Germany. Title of research project: "Humanitarian Action and Security in the Middle East".
2011 - 2013 Teaching fellow and course convenor, Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action, Geneva Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland.
2016: Iraqi Migrants in Syria: The Crisis before the Storm. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.
(under review) “Comparing the international economic practices of Iraqi and West German intelligence agencies”, under review with Globalizations.
(under review) "Epistemic communities, knowledge circulation or transnational fields? - Three Sociological Concepts for the Study of Intelligence" with Ali Dogan and Noura Chalati, under review with International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence.
2021 (forthcoming) “The Iraqi migrant experience in Syria after 2003 or: The emergence of international humanitarianism in the Levant” in Knudsen, Are and Berg, Kjersti, eds, SuperCamp: Genealogies of Humanitarian Containment in the Middle East. New York: Berghahn Books.
2018. Book review: Lisa Blaydes, State of Repression: Iraq under Saddam Hussein (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2018). 376 pp. $35.00 (hb). ISBN: 978-1-4008-9032-3. In: Journal of Perpetrator Research 2.1..
2015. Book review: Al-Ali N. and Al-Najjar, D. 2012. We are Iraqis: Aesthetics and Politics in a Time of War. Syracuse: SUP. Review of Middle Eastern Studies, 47 (2).
2012. Book review: Kern, K. 2011. Imperial Citizen: Marriage and Citizenship in the Ottoman Frontier Provinces of Iraq. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, Review of Middle Eastern Studies, 46 (2).