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Bamako, 16 February 2021

G5 Sahel Summit in chad

Thomas Schiller gave an interview to Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (in German) about the so called G5 summit of the Sahel countries - Niger, Mali, Mauretania, Chad and Burkina Faso - taking place after France's decision to withdraw troops for its fight against terrorism that shakes the region.

Berlin, 11 February 2021

Interview with Alaa Al-Aswany

How do politics and literature relate to each other? Where does Egypt stand, ten years after the toppling of long-term dictator Hosni Mubarak? How stable are authoritarian regimes in North Africa and the Middle East? The Egyptian novelist Alaa Al-Aswany answered these questions in an interview conducted by Michael Bauer.

Berlin, 17 December 2020

ten Years Since the Arab Spring

Ten years ago a massive wave of protests started in the Tunisian countryside and shook authoritarian regimes across the MENA-region. In his position as policy advisor at Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, Michael Bauer gave an interview on the causes of the Arab Spring and how the region has developed since. 

Munich, 15 December 2020

10 Years After the Arab Spring: retrospective and Look ahead

Discussion with Book Presentation and Talks with Experts (Online)

organized by the Center for Applied Policy Research at Munich University, MEIA Research and Tunisian partners


Munich, 15 December 2020, 17:40 – 18:45 & 18:50 – 19:55 CET


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On 17 December 2010, the self-immolation of the street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi in the Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid triggered a transnational wave of protest and a historic upheaval. Decades-old autocratic regimes fell, civil wars and counterrevolutions followed in some states in the region, reforms and new social dynamics in others.


For ten years “the Arab world” has been changing its face. What are the major challenges, but also what opportunities are facing the people of the region and with them their European neighbors? What role does Germany play, what can we contribute to change?


With Franz Maget, former Bavarian top politician and late-appointed staff member at the German embassies in Cairo and Tunis as well as consultant, author and editor of the book “Ten Years of the Arab Spring – What’s now?“, we want to get to the bottom of the causes and consequences of the uprisings in the region. Particular emphasis is placed on the situation in Tunisia, the only country to have made a transition to democracy.


Voices directly from Tunisia – participants in the program “Political Consulting and Strategy Development”, which the C.A.P. has been implementing since 2016 with the Union des Tunésiens Indépendents pour la Liberté and other partners in the framework of a multi-year cooperation between the Free State of Bavaria and the Republic of Tunisia – provide insights into current social, economic and political challenges the country faces.

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Istanbul, 8 December 2020

Turkey and the EU in global political economy

The Berlin Bosphorus Initiative, organized by the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSIAD) published the paper titled "Turkey and the EU in global political economy" by Ludwig Schulz in its BBI InBrief series.

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Berlin, 5 October 2020

Multilateralism in the Middle East

In their article "On the Search for Order in the Middle East and North Africa" for Konrad Adenauer Foundation's publication series Auslandsinformationen, Michael Bauer and Dr. Edmund Ratka analyse the prospects and challenges for multilateral approaches in the Middle East. The publication can be accessed here.

Tutzing, 14 September 2020

The changing Middle East

At a teachers' seminar on "The changing Middle East", organized by Anja Opitz at the Academy of Civic Education Tutzing, Michael Bauer, Edmund Ratka and Ludwig Schulz  lectured on the topics of "The systemic transformation of the Middle East", "The democratic transition in Tunisia" and "The Gulf countries between social modernization, authoritarian rule and ambitious foreign policies", respectively.

Berlin, 20 August 2020

Libya-Developments in the shadow of corona

For Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, Michael Bauer co-authored a report on the political developments in Libya's internationalized conflict in the shadow of the Corona crisis. Foreign interference in the country remains high. 

Bamako, 6 July 2020

the situation in the Sahel

From his base in Bamako, Mali, Thomas Schiller wrote an analysis of the regional security and stability situation in the Sahel region for the Auslandsinformationen of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

Munich, 3 July 2020

Interview on Israel's annexation plan

Katharina Konarek gave an extended interview on current Middle East issues, and Israel's annexation plans in particular, to the podcast channel "Die Wochendämmerung" (in German).

Berlin, 9 April 2020

Analysis of EU-mission IRINI

Michael Bauer co-authored with his colleague Simon Engelkes from Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung an analysis on the newly-launched EU naval mission Irini. The mission is to monitor the international arms embargo against Libya that was imposed already in 2011 but has been repeatedly broken since. The publication is available in German only. 

Munich, 16 February 2020

first Young Security Conference Munich


The first Young Security Conference on "New European Union security Roadmaps" at the sidelines of the main Munich Security Conference has been taking place this weekend, organized by EuropaNova and the University of the German Armed Forces Munich and by the support, beyond others, of MEIA Research and, in particular as speaker and panelist, Anja Opitz. The event gathered more than 30 young security scholars and professionals from Europe and beyond, exchaning views and working on new thinking about current and future security issues.

Beirut, 23-24 Januar 2020

Monitoring Mission with UN-ESCWA/ NAFS continues

Michael Bauer and Silvia Simbeck facilitated another self-monitoring workshop with the team of UN ESCWA's National Agenda for the Future of Syria (NAFS) program. The workshop covered the status of the program, ongoing activities, challenges and next steps. A specific focus was also on the development of the NAFS program beyond 2020. MEIA Research implements the monitoring project for UN ESCWA and GIZ during the project period 2018-2020. 

Berlin, 17-20 January 2020

Michael Bauer gave various interviews for German media analyzing expectations and results of the conference on Libya that was hosted by the German government on January 19 in Berlin. The event brought together international stakeholders of the conflict in Libya, among them countries that support fighting groups in Libya and thereby fuel the conflict. 

Bamako, 15 January 2020

France's Sahel Summit in Pau: a new start?

Thomas Schiller analyzed the attempt and results of French President Emmanuel Macron's summit with the heads of state and government of the G5 Sahel Alliance (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauretania, Niger and Chad) in Pau.

Berlin, 13 January 2020

reaktions on General Soleimanis' death

Rome, 5-7 December 2019

MED Mediterranean Dialogues 2019

From 5th to 7th December 2019, MED - MEDITERRANEAN DIALOGUES took place in Rome. MED is an annual high-level initiative and conference promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and ISPI (Italian Institute for International Political Studies) with the aim to rethink traditional approaches to the broader Mediterranean region complementing analyses of current challenges with new ideas and suggestions and to draft a new “positive agenda”. MEIA Research Vice-chairwoman Christine Strassmaier participated in a close-door expert panel on Illicit Trafficking in the Mediterranean Region, discussing the nature and dynamic of the nexus between organised crime and terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa.

Munich, 26 September 2019

40 Years after the Iranian hostage crisis

Kathryn Koob, a U.S. State Department staffer, was sent to Tehran in July 1979 as the director of the Iran America Center.With 51 other U.S. diplomats and citizens she held hostage for 444 days from November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981, after a group of Iranian college students who supported the Iranian Revolution took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Kathryn Koob was one of two women among those held captive. Following her captivity, Ms. Koob resumed her foreign service career which – among other postings – also brought her to Munich.


On 26 September 2019, in a conversation with Dr. René Rieger, Ms. Koob was recalling the events in Iran of 1979-1981. The open public discussion took place at the Amerikahaus Munich and was a joint event by the U.S. General Consulate Munich and MEIA Research.

Berlin, 17 September 2019

Attacks on Saudi oil facilities

Dr. Edmund Ratka gave an interview for on recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities and its potentials for escalation of warfare in the Gulf region.

Regensburg, 11 August 2019

REgional Security in the MIddLE East And North africa

MEIA Research continued its cooperation with the Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg in 2019. As in the previous year, Michael Bauer and René Rieger facilitated a seminar for OTH's two-week Summer School within the Master Program Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies that is jointly run by the University of Glasgow, Charles University in Prague and Dublin City University. This years seminar had the title "Regional Security Complex Middle East: Actors, Alliances, Conflict Dynamics" and specifically focussed on Libya and Syria as case studies. 

Munich, 5 August 2019

2019 MEIA Middle East Summer School started

Baden-Baden, 21 July 2019

World 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.

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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.

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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.