Senior Research Fellow
The European Union Research Programme
The Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Current position at FIIA Senior Research Fellow EU-MENA (Middle East North Africa) Academic degrees M.A. Arabic and Islamic Studies, Vienna University, 2007 M.Sc. Economics and Business Administration, Vienna Business University, 2001 Relevant professional experience Senior Researcher, National Defense Academy, Vienna Director Government Relations, Economist Intelligence Unit, Vienna Political Officer, Austrian Representative Office, Ramallah/oPt Desk Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vienna Fellowships Visiting research fellow, NATO Defense College, 2012 Visiting researcher, Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), Tel Aviv, 2011 Training Arabic courses in Yemen, Syria, Morocco and Tunisia Peacebuilding and Security Sector Reform, both ESDC (European Security and Defense College) Positions of Trust The Arab Foresight Group, EU ISS New Med, OSCE
EU-MENA relations (MENA=Middle East and North Africa) Levant: Israeli-Palestinian & Israeli-Arab conflicts, Lebanon Arab transformation: transitions in Tunisia and Egypt, conflicts in Libya and Syria Transnational and national Islamist Movements: Hamas, Hezbollah, Muslim Brotherhood Conflict management, peace building, Security Sector Reform (SSR), scenarios
‘Assessing the Impact: North-African Militaries in the Arab Spring', in: Security and Peace, Volume 33 (1), 2015.
Persianlahti tarvitsee uuden turvallisuusmekanismin, in: UP – Ulkopolitiikka (The Finnish Journal of Foreign Affairs), No. 2/2015.
‘Im Druckkochtopf. Szenario 2025: Wohin bewegt sich die Arabische Welt? ‘, in: Zenith – Zeitschrift für den Orient, Nr. 3/2015.