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Transnational and

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Regional Dynamics

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Call for Applications 2018

Ph.D. Scholarships in
Humanities and Social Sciences

Analysing change

Neither a Turning Point Nor an Overall Determinant

Advisory Board member Muriel Asseburg and her co-authors about the Covid-19 pandemic and conflict dynamics in Syria

“Nine years into the (civil) war, Syria is in an extraordinarily poor position to confron the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead of the pandemic leading towards the uniting of local, regional, and international actors involved in Syria around a common purpose, conflict dynamics have hampered an effective response to Covid-19. Yet, the pandemic is unlikely to become a decisive turning point in conflict dynamics or an overall determinant of its future trajectory. Rather, in the mid-term, the relevant actors are likely to continue to follow their strategic interests in Syria, while some will have to adjust their operational priorities, as well as the strategies to pursue them, against the backdrop of the pandemic.” 

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Analysing change

Bucerius Fellow Ilyas Saliba and his co-authors about Academic Freedom Index:  

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Last call was published in 2018

A new scholarship programme will be announced in summer 2020.

Programme

“Trajectories of Change” addresses historical and current transformation processes in the European neighbourhood. The programme offers stipends and fieldwork grants for Ph.D. students in the humanities and social sciences studying political and social change in Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East as well as Central Asia.

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Analysing change

A golden opportunity for Middle East autocrats?

Bucerius Fellow Tobias Zumbrägel and his co-author Thomas Demmelhuber analyse the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the Middle East:

“In the Middle East and North Africa, the COVID-19 pandemic is unfolding across a political and social map that has been undergoing a process of reorganisation since the start of the Arab uprisings. Although different circumstances prevail in the various countries – ranging from the wealthy nations on the Arabian Peninsula to nation-states torn apart by civil wars – this pandemic will confront the region with huge and lasting challenges, producing tectonic changes as a result. Change relevant to the region may be observed on three levels: (1) the international level, with China as the "medical gravity centre"; (2) the regional level, with countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) continuing to strive for regional hegemony; and (3) the national level, with the fight against COVID-19 offering some autocrats new leverage in their ongoing efforts to consolidate their power.”

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