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Baden-Baden, 21 July 2019

Wolrd Power offside

Dr. Anja Opitz has co-edited, together with Lukas D. Herr, Marcus Müller and Jürgen Wilzewski, a volume titled "Weltmacht im Abseits. Amerikanische Außenpolitik in der Ära Donald Trump" ("World Power sidelined. American foreign policy in the era of Donal Trump"), published by NOMOS.


"The election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States surprised the world and aroused great anxiety. His ‘America First’ rhetoric had already fuelled concerns that his presidency would be radical during the presidential election campaign in 2016. Above all, it seemed to cast doubt on the US’ claim to global leadership, which was regarded as the foundation of the global order that the US had helped to form since the Second World War. From both an internal and external perspective, this book examines the social, institutional and international reasons for the USA’s foreign and security policy under Trump."

Munich, 21 June 2019

Interview on Mayor's Election in Istanbul

Ludwig Schulz gave an interview to on the re-run elections for the mayor's office in Istanbul, Turkey.

Gütersloh, June 2019

Overcoming the EU's strategic deficit on Syria

Michael Bauer contributed to a new policy brief by the Bertelsmann Foundation Strategy Group how the EU can overcome its strategic deficits with regard to Syria, demonstrate resolve and response to the foreign policies of Russia, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the USA.

Baden-Baden, June 2019

german-Turkish relations revisited

Ludwig Schulz contributed to the monography "German-Turkish relations revisited. The European dimenstion, domestic and foreign politics and transnational dynamics", edited by Ebru Turhan and published by Nomos, with an analysis titled "Shaping geopolitical destiny and coping with political complexity: Germany and Turkey as Central Powers in International Politics".

Munich, 8 April 2019

Russian-Turkish Summit in Moscow

Ludwig Schulz gave an interview for the RadioWelt of Bayern 2 broadcasting on the Russian-Turkish Summit taking place in Moscow for the initiation of the Turkish Year for Culture and Tourism in Russia.

Munich, 1 April 2019

Programm on Policy Advice in Tunisia extended

The government of Bavaria decided to extend the programm "Policy Advice and Strategy Development" on the training of political advisors in Tunisia, designed and implemented by the Center for Applied Policy Research at Munich University with its Tunisian partners, the Faculty of Juridical, Political and Social Sciences of the University of Carthago, the Union of Independent Tunisians for Liberty (UTIL) and the Arab Institute for Human Rights, and led by Ludwig Schulz, for another two years.

Munich, 6 March 2019

Pakistan in the Midst of a stormy Region

On 6 March 2019, Michael Bauer and Ludwig Schulz welcomed Ms. Marvi Memon, former Pakistani parliamentarian, cabinet member, and minister, as well as C.E.O. of Lifelong Learners Consultancy, currently based at the Science Po Asia Campus in Le Havre, France, for a talk and roundtable discussion on Pakistan's National Security Policy - Regional Challenges and International Responses. The discussion was moderated by Michael Bauer.

Bratislava, 14 November 2018

A New Model for European Governance

Sebastian Schäffer wrote a policy paper in the framework of his Think Visegrad Fellowship at the GLOBSEC Policy Institute in Bratislava. "Towards a New Model for European Governance: from Macro-regionalism vs. Minilateralism to an Institutional Reform of the EU" offers a different idea for institutional reform. While the paper acknowledges that a macro-regional approach os best suited to alleviate the multiple crises the EU is facing, there is a need for a more output-driven approach.


Sebastian Schäffer conducted interviews and research resulting in his recommendations, which seek to contribute to ta debate on European governance: 

1) Reduce the number of Commissioners to 15.

2) Elect the European Parliament in a truly pan-European way.

3)Abolish the Council of the European Union and integrate it into the European Council. 

4) Establish a Council of the European Regions. 


Friedrichshafen, 27 September - 28 October 2018

Dynamics of European Affairs

Michael Bauer taught a seminar program on Dynamics of Administration, Politics and Policy in the European Affairs for the BA-Programme Politics, Administration and International Relations (PAIR) of Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen.

Beirut, 24-25 September 2018

Peace-building and Reconstruction in Syria

Michael Bauer participated in a conference on peace-building and reconstruction in Syria organized by UN-ESCWA's National Agenda for the Future of Syrian Programme (NAFS). The conference discussed policy gaps at the national level in priority themes/sectors that hinder peace-building and reconstruction in the country based on the NAFS-long-term vision for Syria 2030. Michael Bauer contributed to the working group focussing on emergency response, relief and humanitarian work.

Gütersloh, August 2018

Key states in the EUropean Neighborhood: russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran

Michael Bauer joined a strategy group set up by Bertelsmann Stiftung to analyze the strategic priorities and foreign policy objectives of Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran with regard to the European Neighborhood as well as the relations between these four states. The group's first findings are summarized in the publication Antagonisms in the EU's neighborhood.  

Munich, 3-24 Aug 2018

2018 MEIA Middle East Summer School

The 2018 MEIA Middle East Summer School of MEIA Research in cooperation with the Institute for the Near and Middle East, the Center for Applied Policy Research and the International Office of Ludwig Maximilian University Munich took place in Munich and Berlin, gathering 20 undergraduate and graduate students as well as young professionals from 12 different countries for courses on Middle East politics, cultures, economics and international affairs.

For further information click here.

Munich, 14 Aug 2018

On the Turkish Lira Crisis

Ludwig Schulz answered questions of Deutschlandfunk on the crisis of the Turkish Lira and the reactions of the Erdogan government.

Eschborn, 16-19 July 2018


Michael Bauer continued his cooperation with the programme team of the National Agenda for the Future of Syria (NAFS) at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA) in another workshop on "Policy Development in Post-Conflict Contexts: Analyzing Policy-Gaps, Drafting Recommendations". A series of updated NAFS analysis papers will be published in October 2018. 

Innsbruck, 28 June 2018

Lebanese Parliamentary Elections of 2018: An Assessment

The Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES) published an analysis by Peter Nassif on the Lebanese Parliamentary Elections of May 2018, the first of its kind since 2009.

Nassif - The Lebanese Parliamentary Elections of 2018
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Munich, 25 June 2018

Elections in Turkey

Ludwig Schulz gave interviews for German news outlets such as GMX or Abendzeitung (1 or 2) on the general and presidential elections in Turkey.

Vienna, 7-14 May 2018

The Future of Europe: Academic Programme With ChulalonGkorn University Bangkok

Sebastian Schäffer and Michael Bauer gave a one-week seminar on the future of European integration for MA students of Chulalongkorn University's European Studies programme (MAEUS). The seminar-programme was titled "Between crisis management and muddling through" and focussed on the various external and internal challenges for the European Union. The Viennese Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) and Seminars Simulations and Consulting Europe co-organised the programme and IDM director Dr. Erhard Busek, former Vice-Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, gave the opening lecture. The students also participated in a meeting of the OSCE's Forum for Security Co-operation. (Photo by IDM)

Berlin, May 2018

The JCPoA After US Pullout

Gulf expert Sebastian Sons explained the US pullout from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action of the P5+1 with Iran for the German broadcaster ZDF's Auslandsjournal and 3Sat Makro (each one in German).

Berlin, April 2018

INterviews on Saudi ArAbia and Gulf affairs

Sebastian Sons gave various interviews on current developments in Saudi Arabia and the situation in the Gulf region for numerous German and international news outlets, such as HR Info,, die Schweizer Nachrichten, Tagesspiegel, DLF, DIE WELT, BILD, Tagesspiegel Causa, Deutsche Welle, Telepolis, Jungle World, Handelsblatt, IZ, Arab DW, Cibedo, Washington Post, Stuttgarter Zeitung, L'Express, WDR, ZDF Heute und dem ZDF Heute Journal.

Beirut, 10-13 April 2018 

Policy Making in Post-Conflict Settings

Michael Bauer facilitated a training course on strategy development and policy-making for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission on West Asia (UN-ESCWA) National Agenda for the Future of Syria Programme. A particular focus of the training was on the prospects and challenges for planning, formulating and implementing policies in conflict and post-conflict settings.

Bonn, 8 March 2018

Yemen and Regional Rivalries

Sebastian Sons spoke at a panel discussion, organized by the Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient (CARPO) in Bonn on the topic of the Yemen conflict in the context of regional rivalries, focussing on the role of Saudi Arabia. The event was moderated by Gudrun Harrer (Der Standard).

Tutzing, 30 January 2018

THe MAghreb as Transit Region, Origin and Destination of MIGRATion

At a conference on migration and forced displacement in Africa, Michael Bauer gave a talk on the Maghribian states and their role as transit countries as well as destination and countries of origin for migration flows. He discussed local socioeconomic and political conditions and focussed in particular on the situation in Morocco and Libya. 

Geretsried, 11 January 2018

Causes of Conflicts and Human Rights

Michael Bauer gave a training session on causes of conflicts, human rights and civic engagement for members of the German Federal Volunteer Service at the educational center in Geretsried. The seminar also covered the prospects and challenges of development cooperation and international humanitarian relief work.   

Baden-Baden, 21 December 2017

The Future of the Transatlantic Alliance

Anja Opitz has been co-editing (with Florian Böller, Steffen Hagemann and Jürgen Wilzeski) the volume "Die Zukunft der transatlantischen Gemeinschaft. Externe und interne Herausforderungen", published at NOMOS.

Munich, 16 December 2017

Europe's Future? Discussion on the EU Commission's White Paper

At the conference "Being Young in Bavaria - Ready for Europe" Michael BauerChristine Kamm (MdL) and George Rosenthal (MdL) discussed the EU Commission's White Paper on the Future of Europe with German students. The event was organized by the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) and is part of the structured dialogue in Bavaria and the ERASMUS + Programme Youth in Action.

Photo: CAP

Geretsried, 22 November 2017

Human Rights and MIGRATION

Michael Bauer gave a political education seminar on national and international human rights policy for young adults and members of the German Federal Volunteer Service at the educational center in  Geretsried/ Germany. In addition, he discussed questions related to the causes of migration and flight as well as prospects and challenges of international  development cooperation and humanitarian relief work.

Munich, 15 November 2017

Humanitarian Relief WOrk and Fragile States

At the Munich Roundtable on Security Affairs, Michael Bauer gave a talk on the challenges of implementing humanitarian relief and development cooperation projects in fragile states and conflict areas. A particular emphasis of his talk was on the impact of humanitarian relief efforts on the precarious societal equilibrium in states such as Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.  

Berlin, 7 November 2017

Expert Interviews on Gulf tensions

Sebastian Sons gave various interviews to European news channels and programs on recent developments in Saudi Arabia's domestic politics and on regional tensions between the Kingdom, Iran and Lebanon: Deutsche Welle, HR Info, Huffington Post, Radio Eins, Business Insider, MDR, Salzburg Nachrichten

Welt am Sonntag, ZEIT Online

Munich, 6 November 2017

Turkey - A reliable partner?

Ludwig Schulz gave a lecture on the question in how far Turkey can still be considered a reliable partner to Germany and the West by the invitation of the Young Forum of the Foreign Affairs Association Munich.

Tutzing, 29-30 September 2017

Workshop: Europe and Crises in its Southern and Eastern NEIGHBORHOOD

At the conference "In drei Tagen durch die europäische Nachbarschaft" Michael Bauer, Ludwig Schulz and Dr. Edmund Ratka discussed about the political and socioeconomic developments of North Africa and the Middle East, EU-Turkey relations, and Europe's handling of the influx of refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. The conference was organized by the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb), the Academy of Political Education in Tutzing (APB) and the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM). Dr. Anja Opitz and Sebastian Schäffer chaired the event.

Munich, 16 October 2017

Entrepreneurship in Tunisia

Having published the C.A.Perspectives on Tunisia Policy Paper No. 03-2016 on the topic of “Entrepreneuriat en Tunisia: Recommendations pour relever les défis économiques” in 2016, the paper’s author, activist, trainer and businessman Mohamed Haroun Ouanes paid a visit to MEIA Research and the Center for Appiled Policy Research (C.A.P.) at Munich University to give a lecture on the conditions, challenges and potentials of how to enhance the spirit and level of entrepreneurship in Tunisia.

19-21 September 2017, Dead Sea

MEIA Research at the 2017 MENA Think Tank Summitin Jordan

Christine Strassmaier represented MEIA Research at the 2017 MENA Think Tank Summit at the Dead Sea in Jordan. For three days, more than 30 experts and distinguished scholars from the region's leading Think Tanks discussed crucial issues ranging from extremism and radicalization to economic development and cooperation, the role of the youth and the challenges to establish regional security to the role of MENA’s think tanks to help to build a better future for the region. Christine had the special honour to represent the only European Think Tanks on the panel on "What Role for MENA Think Tanks in the region?" and raised the importance and opportunity Think Tanks from the region must 
have in engaging in providing policy-orientated research on the region's main challenges, such as the Syrian crisis, espcially post-conflict engagement as well as prolonged insecurity in Iraq.

Panel Discussion: Qatar - Strategic Partner or Destabilizing Force?

Munich, 17 July 2017

MEIA Research organized in cooperation with the Academy for Civic Education and Research Tutzing, the Center for Applied Policy Research, and the Young Forum of the Foreign Policy Association a panel discussion on the topic "Qatar: Strategic Partner or Destabilizing Force?" The event took place at the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich. Panel guests were Michael Bauer (MEIA Research), Dr. Gudrun Harrer (Der Standard, Vienna), Colonel (GS) Jörg Kunze (George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies), and Dr. David Roberts (King's College London). 

Dr. Anja Opitz gave an introduction, and Dr. René Rieger moderated the event.

Munich, 27 June 2017

Egypt Under al Sisi's rule: Retrun to the status quo ante?

Michael Bauer gave a talk on political and socioeconomic developments in Egypt since the Arab uprisings in 2011 at Seidlvilla in Munich, Germany. Amnesty International organized the event.

Brussels, 29 May 2017

Countering the Narrative of ‘Turkish democracy’

The Heinrich Boell Foundation's Brussels office has published an analysis by Ludwig Schulz on the current state of Turkey-EU relations, titled "Just a Second Theatre of Conflict? – Countering the Narrative of ‘Turkish democracy’." Additionally, he was invited to a meeting at the office's venue for further debate.


A shorter, slightly changed version has been published by


Schulz - Just a Second Theatre of Conflict?
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Fürstenfeldbruck, 24 May 2017

Civil Wars in Syria and Iraq

Dr. René Rieger gave a talk on the the civil wars in Syria and Iraq at the German Air Force Academy in Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany.

Claremont, CA, 27 Apr. 2017

EU Security and Defense Policy

Dr. Anja Opitz is scheduled to hold a talk on the topic "A Toothless Tiger Growing Up: EU's Security and Defense Revised" at Pomona College in Claremont, California.

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Diepholz, 26/27 Apr. 2017

Fragile Staatehood at Europe's Borders

Dr. René Rieger taught a two-day seminar on the topic "Fragile Statehood at Europe's Borders: Dealing with Regional Key Players in the MENA Region" at the German Air Force post in Diepholz, Germany.

Munich, 13 Apr. 2017

“Erdoğan cannot be kept“

Ludwig Schulz gave an interview on the prospects of the constitutional referendum on the introduction of a presidential system in Turkey for the Bavarian State Gazette.

Tutzing, 2 Apr. 2017

Systemic Transformations in the Arab WOrld

Dr. René Rieger gave a talk on systemic transformation in the Arab World since 2011 at a seminar organized by the Academy for Civic Education and Research in Tutzing, Germany.

Tutzing, 25 Mar. 2017

Frm. Accession candidate? Turkey and the EU integration

Ludwig Schulz lectured on the topic "Frm. Accession Candidate? Turkey and the EU Integration" at the conference "The Turkey case of Dispute - Domestic, European and Security Politics" at the Academy for Civic Education and Research in Tutzing, Germany.

Tutzing, 23 Mar. 2017

The Historical Making of Saudi Arabia

Dr. René Rieger gave a talk on the historical making of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the Academy for Civic Education and Research in Tutzing, Germany.

Munich, 12 Mar. 2017

on Diplomatic rows between Turkey and EUropean countries

Ludwig Schulz gave several interviews for news outlets such as German RTL, Bayerischer Rundfunk, and the Danish Kristligt Dagblad on recent diplomatic rows between Turkey and European countries on the Turkish government's attempts to hold rallies in the run-up to the referendum on the introduction of a presidential system.

Barcelona, 28 Feb. 2017

Effective Multilateralism and the Syrian Civil War

Dr. René Rieger wrote a policy paper for the European-Mediterranean Study Commission (EuroMeSCo) on the limitations of and preconditions for effective multilateralism in attempting to bring an end to the Syrian civil war.

Rieger_Syrian Civil War.pdf
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Berlin, 20 Feb. 2017

Panel Discussion: Human Rights in Iran

MEIA Research organized in cooperation with the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) a panel discussion on the topic "Human Rights in Iran: Subordinated to a Successful Realpolitik?" The event took place at the DGAP headquarters in Berlin. Panel guests were Dr. Anicée van Engeland, LL.M. (Cranfield University), Dr. René Wildangel (Amnesty International), and Dr. Ali Fathollah-Nejad (DGAP).
Dr. René Rieger moderated the event.

Munich, 19 Feb. 2017

Panel Discussion: Turkey in 2017

MEIA Research organized in cooperation with the Austrian Society for Policy Analysis (OGP) and the Working Group on Foreign and Security Policy of the CSU in Bavaria (ASP) a panel discussion on the topic "Turkey in 2017: Friend or Foe of the West?" The event took place at the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference at Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich. Panel guests were Brigadier General (ret.) Dr. Erich Vad (former military advisor to Chancellor Angela Merkel), Dr. Magdalena Kirchner (RAND Corporation), Mehmet Murat Yetkin (Hürriyet Daily News), and Efgani Dönmez (former member of the Austrian Federal Council). Ludwig Schulz moderated the event.

London, 9 Feb. 2017

Dr. René Rieger and Sebastian Sons contribute a chapter on Saudi Arabia's regional policy since 2011 to the newly published edited volume "Reassessing Order and Disorder in the Middle East. Regional Imbalance or Disintegration", edited by Robert Mason.

Hofstetten, 19 Jan. 2017

2016 US Elections and German Foreign and Security Policy

Dr. René Rieger gave a talk on the 2016 U.S. presidential and congressional elections and their expected effects on Germany's foreign and security policy at a meeting of the Landsberg/Lech regional organization of the CSU Working Group on Foreign and Security Policy.