Arbeitsstelle Politik im Maghreb, Mashreq, Golf

National Network

Ihnestr. 22
14195 Berlin

E-Mail (2)
Organisation Type
Public/Private Non-Profit Foundation
Year of Establishment
Fields of Activity
  1. Research
General Information
University, Research Centre: The staff consists of a director (Friedemann Büttner), one associate non-tenured professor (Ferhad Ibrahim), one research associate (Isabel Schäfer), and three externally financed researchers. Depending on projects. University funds; EU, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), German Research Society (DFG), Volkswagen Foundation, Political foundations. 4. RAMSES 2 Network of Excellence, German-Egyptian Seminars, German-Turkish Seminars, TEMPUS-MEDA Programme. 5. Deutsches Orient-Institut, Hamburg; University of Cairo; The American University in Cairo; CEDEJ, Cairo; The American University of Beirut; Institute of the German Oriental Society (OIB), Beirut; CERMOC Beirut; University of Jordan, Amman; Bir Zeit University; University of Tel Aviv; Bar Ilan University; METU, Ankara; IEP Paris, CERI Paris; MMSH, Aix-en-Provence; SOAS.
Mission and Objectives

The Centre for Middle Eastern Politics is a working unit of the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Freie Universität Berlin. The main fields of research, teaching and publication focus on political, social and cultural developments in the region: transformation processes; the role of the state in the development process, problems of democratisation and civil society; ethno-religious conflicts; religion and politics. A second main focus is on the international relations of the region, especially the Middle East conflict as well as German and European Middle East policies and Euro-Mediterranean relations.

Main Projects / Activities

Member of the RAMSES 2 Network of Excellence of research centres in Human Sciences on the Mediterranean Area (EU), Coordinator of the project “Mediterranean Politics from Above and from Below”; Euromed Masters Program at the University of Cairo, in cooperation with IEP, Paris, Universities of Amsterdam and Barcelona (TEMPUS MEDA); Joint German-Egyptian Seminars with the University of Cairo (DAAD); Joint German-Turkish Seminars with the METU, Ankara (Heinrich Böll Foundation, Körber Foundation). Collections edited by the Center: „Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft des Vorderen Orients“ (co-ed. with the DOI); „Nahost-Studien“; „Konfrontation und Kooperation im Vorderen Orient“.

Contact (1) Full Name
Mrs Prof. Dr. Cilja Harders
Head of the organisation
Contact (2) Full Name
Laura Lelli Masah