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.
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“.