Berlin, 28 Dec. 2016
Ludwig Schulz contributed to a radio discussion (in German) by Deutschlandradio Kultur revising political and social developments in Turkey and the country's relations with Germany and Europe in 2016.
Fürstenfeldbruck, 14 Dec. 2016
Dr. René Rieger taught a one-day seminar on current security-relevant developments in the MENA region for your officers at the German Air Force Academy.
Fürstenfeldbruck, 13 Dec. 2016
Dr. René Rieger gave a talk on the origin, development, and incipient fall of DAESH, the self-proclaimed "Islamic State," to cadets at the German Air Force Academy.
Königswinter, 7 Dec. 2016
Dr. René Rieger gave two talks at a seminar organized by the Karl Arnold Foundation for officers and NCOs from the German Army Command. His first talk dealt with the role of regional powers, the United States and Russia in the civil war in Syria. His second talk focused on strategies to defeat DAESH both militarily and ideologically.
Lager-Lechfeld, 5 Dec. 2016
Dr. René Rieger gave a talk on the characteristics of the 2016 U.S. presidential and congressional election campaigns, analyzed the election results, and developed scenarios for the future development of U.S. foreign, domestic, and economic policies at the German Armed Forces' Command Support School in Lager-Lechfeld, Germany.
Kochel am See, 25 Nov. 2016
Dr. René Rieger gave a talk on the issue "Six Years into the Arab Spring: An Interim Review" at a seminar organized by the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) in cooperation with the Georg von Vollmar Foundation in Kochel am See.
Munich, 12 Nov. 2016
At a panel discussion and conference organized by the Tunisian Academicians Association (TAG) in Munich, Ludwig Schulz contributed with a talk on Tunisia's political developments and the framework for the country's economic prospects.
Königswinter and Tutzing, 8-10 Nov. 2016
Ludwig Schulz gave talks in Königswinter for the Karl Arnold Foundation and at the Academy for Civic Education and Research Tutzing on the developments in Turkey under the state of emergency after the failed coup attempt.
Munich, 5 Nov. 2016
Erlangen, 3-4 Nov. 2016
Dr. René Rieger gave a talk entitled "An Indivisible Unit: Religion and Politics in Saudi Arabia," at an international interdisciplinary Conference on the issue "Region(s), Religion(s), Regime(s): The Interplay of Politics and Religion in East Asia and the Middle East" organized by the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.
Peiting, 26 Oct. 2016
Dr. René Rieger gave talk on the issue "Iran after the Nuclear Deal: Continuity and Change in Domestic, Foreign, Economic Policy," organized by a trade association in Schongau, Germany.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 27 Sep. - 7 Oct. 2016
Dr. René Rieger taught a seminar on political, economic, and security developments in Libya and their regional repercussions before and after the fall of longterm autocrat Muammar al-Gaddafi as part of the Program on Applied Security Studies (PASS) at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.
Garching, 21 Sep. 2016
Dr. René Rieger gave a talk at the Central Medical Institute of the German Armed Forces. He traced causes and consequences of the 2011 uprisings in the Arab world.
Bonn, 12 Sep. 2016
On invitation by the German-Turkish Association, the Southeast Europe Association, and the German Council of Foreign Relations (DGAP), Ludwig Schulz participated in a panel discussion on Turkey after the failed coup attempt at Deutsche Welle in Bonn.
Milton Park and New York, 15 Aug. 2016
Dr. René Rieger's book "Saudi Arabian Foreign Relations: Diplomacy and Mediation in Conflict Resolution" was published by Routledge.
Munich/Vienna, 3-26 Aug. 2016
The 2016 Middle East Summer School took place from 3-26 August 2016. The three-and-a-half-week program brought 13 students and young professionals from eleven different countries to Munich and, for a four-day field trip, to Vienna.
Students visited for briefings among others the headquarters of OPEC, the KAICIID Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue Center, and the United Nations Office in Vienna.
For more information, click here.
Munich, 1 Aug. 2016
Ludwig Schulz gave additional information on the future developments in Turkey in the aftermaths of the failed military coup to several German news outlets including SWR 2 Aktuell,Bayern 2, DPA/ DIE WELT, BR Puls, HR Info, SWR 1, T-Online.de, NTV, and many others.
Munich, 16 July 2016
Ludwig Schulz gave interviews on the military coup attempt in Turkey and its consequences as well as future developments in the country and beyond to public broadcasting ZDF (Heute Journal) as well as ARD Alpha/ Bayern2, SWR Info und SWR2, HR2 (Der Tag), Deutschlandfunk, NTV, Radio 21, web.de, gmx.net, finanzen.net, and many more.
Kloster Banz, 9-10 July 2016
As part of a weekend seminar on "Turkey - a partner for Europe?", organized by the Hanns-Seidel-Foundation in Kloster Banz, Ludwig Schulz gave lectures on Turkey-EU relations since the start of the EU accession negotiations and on Turkey's role in the refugee crisis.
Cologne, 29 June 2016
Garching, 14 June 2016
Dr. René Rieger gave a talk at the Central Medical Institute of the German Armed Forces on current economic and security related developments in the Gulf region.
Innsbruck, 14 June 2016
Christine Strassmaier and Peter Nassif published an analysis on the May 2016 municipality elections in Lebanon, the first nation-wide polls since 2009, with their domestic and regional ramifications for the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES).
Tutzing, 13 June 2016
Dr. René Rieger gave a talk on the development of the terror group 'Islamic State' and their propaganda strategy at the Academy for Civic Education and Research in Tutzing, Germany.
Königswinter, 5 June 2016
Dr. René Rieger gave a talk on the use of new media in the strategies of jihadi organizations, particularly DAESH, the so called "Islamic State," at a seminar for scholarship holders of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
Kochel am See, 30/31 May 2016
Dr. René Rieger gave two talks at a seminar on religious fundamentalism organized by the German Armed Forces Association. His first talk focussed on the differentiation of the multifaceted phenomena of Islamism, salafism, and jihadism. In his second talk, he analyzed the development and media strategy of the terror organization DAESH.
Berlin, 27 May 2016
Ludwig Schulz together with Alexander Knipperts (German International Cooperation) and other experts on Turkey contributed to the multi-scenario study "European Union and the World 2025" on the future of relations between the EU and strategic partners and neighbors, published by the Dahrendorf Forum, a joint initative of Hertie School of Governance, London School of Economics and Stiftung Mercator. The study is based on a two-days workshop on strategic scenario building techniques, headed by Randolph H. Pherson (Globalytica) and Oliver Gnad (GIZ). The scenario on Turkey and Turkey-EU relations 2025 developed by Mr. Knipperts and Mr. Schulz is characterised by an increasingly autocratic and geopolitically emboldened Turkey turning the tables on a disintegrating European Union (pp. 37-39).
Manama, 22/23 May 2016
Michael Bauer and Dr. René Rieger each gave a talk at the 2nd Strategic Gulf Conference in Manama, Bahrain. Mr. Bauer's talk focussed on Germany's Middle East and Gulf policies, Dr. Rieger's contributed an analysis of the asymmetry of training, weaponry, and tactics between DAESH affiliates and European law enforcement. During the conference, Mr. Bauer and Dr. Rieger gave interviews to Bahraini media outlets including the Gulf Daily News.
Munich, 20 May 2016
Ludwig Schulz gave interviews to the German public broadcast newsdesk Tagesschau24 as well as to Vox News and RTL Nachtjournal on the Turkish Grand National Assembly's controversial vote to lift the immunity of 138 MPs.
Munich, 17 May 2016
Dr. René Rieger gave a talk on energy and geopolitics in the Gulf region at the Munich School of Political Science.
Garmisch Partenkirchen, 11 May 2016
Dr. René Rieger gave a plenary talk on recent developments in Libya during the European Security Seminar - South at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany.
Istanbul, 5 May 2016
Ludwig Schulz participated at a panel discussion on the topic of "Syria and the refugee challenge of Germany, Turkey and the EU" at a joint conference of the Turkish German University (TAU) and the Universität zu Köln (UoC) which took place at the TAU Campus and the German Consulate General in Istanbul on 5 and 6 May 2016.
Gaziantep, 18 Apr. 2016
From 11 to 18 April 2016, Michael Bauer and Ludwig Schulz were invited by the Hasan Kalyoncu University in Gaziantep to a conference and finding mission in the Turkish provinces of Gaziantep and Kilis. The foci of the trip were the professional exchange with researchers and practitioners on various topics as well as the first-hand information on aspects and problems related to the Syria conflict and the state of affairs of the refugee crisis in Turkey.
Tutzing, 18 Apr. 2016
Dr. Anja Opitz and Michael Bauer moderated a panel discussion on "Global Migration: Trends and Scenarios" organized by the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, the German Foreign Office, the Academy for Civi Education Tutzing, and the Center for Applied Policy Research at Ludwig Maximilians University Munich in the framework of the "Außenpolitik live - Diplomaten im Dialog" series. The keynote was given by H. E. Walter J. Lindner, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to South Africa.
Tunis, 6 Apr. 2016
Edmund Ratka, together with Marie-Christine Roux, wrote an analysis on Tunisia's marginalised youth, caught between the ideological trap of Islamist Jihadism and the so far unfulfilled promises of the country's democratization. It is published in the International Reports of Konrad Adenauer Foundation, no. 1, 2016.
Königswinter, 5 Apr. 2016
Dr. René Rieger gave a talk on the conflict-laden relations between Iran and the Arab Gulf monarchies at a seminar for the German Armed Forces organized by the Karl Arnold Foundation.
Munich, 4 Apr. 2016
Dr. René Rieger gave a talk on the development of the terror group 'Islamic State' and their propaganda strategy at a seminar organized for the German Armed Forces by the Bavarian Center for Political Education.
Cologne and Munich, 18 Mar. 2016
In addition, he wrote an op-ed for the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel's debate forum 'Tagesspiegel Causa' on the very same topic.
Augsburg, 18 Apr. 2016
Michael Bauer and Member of Parliament Alexander Radwan discussed current developments in the Middle East and Northern Africa and their implications for the German and European domestic politics on the invitation of Member of Parliament Dr. Volker Ullrich in Augsburg.
Nuremberg, 2 Mar. 2016
Hamburg, 25 Feb. 2016
Thannhausen, 19 Feb. 2016
Dr. René Rieger gave a talk on background, development, and regional as well as supra-regional developments of the Syrian civil war at an event organized by the CSU's Foreign and Security Working Group (ASP) in Thannhausen, Germany.
Munich, 10 Feb. 2016
MEIA Research organized in cooperation with the Austrian Society for Policy Analysis (OGP) and the Karl Theodor Molinari Foundation of the German Armed Forces Association a panel discussion on relations with Iran following the nuclear deal. The event took place at the Hotel Mandarin Oriental Munich. Panel guests were Colonel (ret.) Tim Collins, OBE (New Century), Prof. Dr. Reinhard Meier-Walser (Hanns Seidel Foundation), Dr. Walter Posch (Austrian National Defense Academy), and Dr. René Rieger. Dr. Helmut Pisecky (OGP) moderated the event.
Vienna, 31 Jan. 2016
Christine Strassmaier published for the Austria Institute for European and Security Studies (AIES) a review of the major developments in Syria in 2015 and the subsequent ramifications for the year 2016.