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
In the aftermath of the Egyptian uprising in 2011, observers of Egyptian politics will notice immediately the remarkable use of the term ‘dawla madanīya’ (Civil […]Read More
The populations of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states have often been depicted as “politically apathetic”. The first paragraph of this essay stresses the opposite by […]Read More
As events of the Arab Spring are still unfolding, changing or even escalating two years after the initial start of the revolutions, the West can […]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.