Dr. René Rieger is the chairman of MEIA Research. Besides, Dr. Rieger works as a consultant and academic author focussing on political developments in the Middle East in general and in the Gulf region in particular. Since 2010, Dr. Rieger has been teaching international relations and Middle East politics at University of Munich. From 2009 to 2013, Dr. Rieger held a part-time position as research assistant at University of Munich's Law School. Dr. Rieger holds the rank of a major in the German Air Force reserve and serves regularly as an instructor for political science and security politics at the German Air Force Academy. Since 2016, he is a member of the board of the Munich-based Foreign Affairs Association.
Dr. Rieger has been a recurrent speaker at international conferences and is regularly giving guest lectures at universities and research institutions in Germany and abroad as well as at various institutions of the German armed forces. From 2013 to 2015, Dr. Rieger worked on a research project relating to the role of conflict mediation in Saudi Arabia's foreign policy, the results of which will be published by Routledge in 2016.
Dr. Rieger studied political science, contemporary history, international law, and Modern Standard Arabic at the University of Munich (Germany) and Dartmouth College (USA). He graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of Munich in 2009 as his year’s valedictorian. In 2013, Dr. Rieger was awarded a PhD degree in Middle East Politics from the University of Exeter (UK). The title of his doctoral dissertation is “The Foreign Policy of the Arab Gulf Monarchies from 1971 to 1990.”