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Helmut-Schmidt University Hamburg

Bucerius Pre-Doctoral Grant

Civil-Military Relations and Regional Order in North Africa: A Comparative Analysis of Egypt and Algeria


The question of how armed forces shape regional order in terms of stabilization in North Africa remains understudied in academic literature. This is surprising as various empirical cases show the relevance of national armies with regard to establishing and redefining regional orders in times of contention. Comparing the Egyptian and Algerian cases, the dissertation seeks to study the role of the armed forces in forming regional orders in situations of political transformation vs. situations of political stagnation. 

Jessica Noll is a Ph.D. candidate at Helmut-Schmidt University Hamburg and a research assistant at Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) in Berlin. Before this, she assisted in the project Mediterranean Solar Plan conducted by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). She also worked for North Africa at the Arab German Chamber of Commerce and Industry Berlin and was a research assistant at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg. She holds a M.A. of Public Economics, Law and Politics from Leuphana Universität Lüneburg and a B.A. of Political Science and Islamic & Arabic Culture Studies from Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster.

Jessica Noll, Stephan Roll (2015): From Yemen War to Joint Army? Egyptian-Saudi Differences over Arab Military Cooperation, SWP Comment (Article)

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