In the Syrian Civil War, Russia has become the key actor, while the Syrian opposition is fragmented and Western powers hesitate to intervene. This situation […]Read More
“Common Remembrance, Future Relations”: An Exchange Programme on Remembrance Culture and Coming to Terms with the Past28. July 2017
Historical experiences of suffering, injustice, persecution and tremendous violence significantly shape identities and affect social and political relations. IFAIR’s project “Common Remembrance, Future Relations” is under […]Read More
The Kingdom of Morocco has been readmitted into the African Union (AU) after 33 years. Morocco had left the former OAU in 1984 in protest against the admission […]Read More
A year on from the EU-Turkey migration deal and with recent talk of Turkish accession negotiations being frozen in light of the Turkish government’s repressive actions, Turkey’s relationship with […]Read More
After more than a decade of tensions and two years of heated negotiations, a landmark nuclear deal between the P5+1 – the United States, the […]Read More
Israel is bracing itself for new parliamentary elections to take place on March 17th, following the dismissal in early December of Cabinet ministers and coalition […]Read More
In order to legitimately engage in generation defining acts of military intervention, the British government must seek in itself, and its allies, a greater level […]Read More
Compared to other Arab countries, the Lebanon enjoys extensive democratic and constitutional achievements. However, the domestic situation is not stable, not only because of sectarianism […]Read More
Middle East & North Africa
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Joana Westphal is director for “Middle East & North Africa” and member of the Impact Group “Common Remembrance, Future Relations”.
Joana graduated in 2016 with a degree in Arabic and International Relations from the University of St Andrews. One of her specialisations was the development and ideology of the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL). Besides her studies, she worked with the St Andrews Coexistence Initiative to foster interfaith dialogue and understanding through student events and conferences on the topics of politics, society and religion. She has interned with the Regional Office Gulf States of the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation in Amman, the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations in New York and the European Parliament in Brussels. Joana speaks German, English, French, Arabic and Spanish.