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 Summit in 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.

Munich, 17 July 2017

Panel Discussion: Qatar - Strategic Partner or Destabilizing Force?

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 held 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.

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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

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.

Hofstetten, 19 Jan. 2017

Reassessing Order and Disorder in the Middle East

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.