Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2015
    Associate Professor of Middle East Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), SAIS Europe at Bologna

  • 2011 – 2017
    Director and Principal Investigator of the research project "BORDERLANDS: Boundaries, Governance, and Power in the European Union’s Relations with North Africa and the Middle East," funded by the European Research Council (ERC)

  • 2010 – 2015
    Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies and International Relations, Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe, Bologna, Italy

  • 2007 – 2011
    Research Fellow at St Antony’s College, Middle East Centre, University of Oxford, UK

  • 2005 – 2007
    Marie Curie Fellow

  • 2004 – 2005
    Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Florence, Italy

  • 2003 – 2004
    Lecturer in International Relations, University of Bologna, Italy

  • 2003
    PhD in International Relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem [summa cum laude]

  • 2000 – 2002
    Doctoral Research Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • 1998 – 2000
    Project manager for the Friedrich Nauman Foundation, Jerusalem office, East Jerusalem

  • 1997 – 1998
    External consultant, Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Jerusalem office, East Jerusalem

  • 1995 – 1997
    Research assistant and abstractor, The Israel Democracy Institute, Jerusalem

  • 1995
    MA in Political Science (major), Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany [excellent]

Selected publications

Selected projects

  • 2016 – 2019 Consortium member of the MENARA research project (“Middle East and North Africa Regional Architecture”), funded under Horizon 2020

  • 2011 – 2017 BORDERLANDS: Boundaries, Governance, and Power in the European Union's Relations with North Africa and the Middle East,

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Since 2020 Member of the International Advisory Board of International Affairs

  • 2016 – 2019 Member of the Advisory Council of MedReset, a 3-year research project on the Middle East and North Africa and European policies towards the region, funded by the EU under its Horizon 2020 program

  • Since 2011 Member of the Editorial Board of The International Spectator

  • Since 2011 Member of the International Advisory Board of Mediterranean Politics

Media coverage

  • 2019 'Trump's Israel-Palestine plan is all smoke and mirrors', The Hill, 21 June.

  • 2019 'Gefährlicher Hokuspokus: Nach Netanjahus Wahlsieg dürfte Donald Trump bald seinen Plan für den Nahen Osten vorlegen', Sueddeutsche Zeitung, 12. April

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Other activities and achievements:

  • 2017 – 2019 Member of the Steering Committee of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Rome

  • Referee for: British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Contemporary Politics, Cooperation and Conflict, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, European Journal of International Affairs, Geopolitics, Governance, International Affairs, International Political Sociology, International Spectator, International Studies Quarterly, Israel Studies, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of Democracy & Security, Journal of European Integration, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of International Relations and Development, Journal of North African Studies, Mediterranean Politics, The Middle East Journal, Quest, Political Geography, Social Forces, Third World Quarterly


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