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
The Arab uprisings, whether successful or not, unleashed a variety of new possibilities in many policy fields for the North African countries. One opportunity will […]Read More
Conflict in Syria is escalating by the day, with scenes of armed combat in Damascus and Aleppo sparking a cacophonous call for overt international intervention […]Read More
Former Iranian diplomat Dr Mostafa Zahrani gave a lecture to Iranian and German students in Tehran on 11 September 2012. Dr Zahrani assessed the current […]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 and currently reads for the MSc in Sociology at the University of Oxford. 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.