Conflict, Reconstruction, and Sustainable Development in the Middle East
German-Arab Joint Research, Training, and Networking Programme
funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) as part of the DAAD Programme "Higher Education Dialogue with the Muslim World"
With civil war raging in Syria and the proliferation of IS, instability in the Middle East seems to have found a new apex. The international community’s response or rather lack thereof to the constantly deteriorating situation in the region calls into question the very concept of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) as it was adopted on the level of the United Nations in 2005. The German-Arab Joint Research, Training and Networking Programme sets out to explore the extendibility of the R2P mandate towards a concept of "Responsibility to Assist". Within this overall conceptual framework, the programme aims at initiating joint research projects that investigate the varied economic, social, political and other challenges the countries of the region find themselves confronted with.
The nucleus of the research and training programme will consist of up to six doctoral research projects to be selected and co-supervised by professorial members of both the PhD in International Development Studies (PhD IDS) at the IEE and the programme partners including the University of Jordan, Amman, and the Lebanese-American University, Beirut. In addition, the Carnegie Middle East Center, Beirut, will be involved in the programme and its activities.
Joint supervision, research, training, and capacity building shall ultimately contribute to foster inter-cultural dialogue among the project participants and their societies. For this purpose, the core group of PhD candidates covers students from Germany and the partner countries. The doctoral candidates are expected to team up closely with their German, Arab, and international fellow students at RUB and the partner universities so as to deepen understanding among each other and, at the same time, being able to broaden their access to networks and research facilities. Since autumn 2015 the following candidates have been participating:
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Involved in the programme are for the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) Wilhelm Löwenstein, Eva Gerharz, and Helmut Karl together with Christof Hartmann from the Institute of Political Science (IfP) and Tobias Debiel, Institute for Development and Peace. In addition, Pierre Thielbörger and Hans-Joachim Heintze from the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) are members of the German-Arab Programme. The project was initiated by Anja Zorob and is now directed by Eva Gerharz.