German-Arab Programme

German-Arab Programme

From Responsibility to Protect to Responsibility to Assist:

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.

Autumn School 2016 - Lebanon


Since the outbreak of the conflict in Syria in 2011 over 4.5 million people have fled the country to find safe havens in neighbouring countries, including Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. As of 2016 Lebanon is host to over 1 million Syrian refugees in addition to a population of over 400,000 Palestine refugees that have been living in a protracted refugee situation in the country.
This year’s Autumn School will be hosted by the Lebanese American University (Beirut and Byblos Campus) and will address the questions and problems that shape the local response to the Syrian refugee crisis in light of the regional political environment. The programme will cover a range of topics, including
  • Theoretical approaches to the field of International Relations in the Middle Eastern context
  • War economies and post-conflict reconstruction
  • Refugee protection under international law (legal framework, UN mandates, the status Palestine refugees)
  • Hosting refugees: Camp vs. non-camp settlement of refugees (economic, geographic and sociological perspectives)

The Autumn School is designed for early stage PhD students but is also open for applications from advanced Master Students. Fee waivers can be requested and limited travel and accommodation bursaries are available.
Registration fee: 200 Euro
Deadline: 20.05.2016

To apply, please send
  • Your CV
  • A Letter of Motivation, if applicable indicating the need for financial assistance
  • A one to two pages outline of your research project outlining your research questions, theoretical framework and methodology
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Call for Application (PDF)

Lebanese Partner Institutions

Lebanese-American University (LAU), School of Arts and Science, Social Science Department

Joint PhD Supervision and Prospective Candidates

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:
  1. Loubna Abi Khalil, Lebanon
  2. Assem Abi Ali, Lebanon
  3. Jasmin Fritzsche, Germany
  4. Laura Hofmann, Germany
  5. Ihsan Madbooh, Palestine/Jordan
  6. Salam Alhaj Hasan, Syria

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IEE, RUB, and UA-Ruhr GC Members

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.

PhD IDS - German-Arab Programme: Contact

FritzscheJasmin Fritzsche
Coordinator German-Arab Programme

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Phone:  +49 (0)234 / 32-22292
Fax: +49 (0)234 / 32-14294