Dr. phil. Stephan Roll

Dr. phil. Stephan Roll

Research Division: Middle East and Africa


Since July 2012 Member of the project »Elite Change and New Social Mobilization in the Arab World«

August 2009 - March 2012 Forum Ebenhausen Fellowship

2010 - 2011 Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

2007-2009 Hanns Seidel Foundation, PhD scholarship

2006 German Academic Exchange Service, research scholarship (research stay in Cairo, Egypt)

2005-2009: PhD Candidate, Subdivision Contemporary Orient Research, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nuremberg

Areas of Expertise:

Egypt, Defence and security policy / armed forces of a country / a region, Economy and finances of a country / a region, Foreign policy of a country / a region, State and society of a country / a region

SWP-Papers (selection):

Egypt’s Business Elite after Mubarak

A Powerful Player between Generals and Brotherhood

SWP Research Paper 2013/RP 08, September 2013, 28 Pages
with Jannis Grimm

Egyptian Foreign Policy under Mohamed Morsi

Domestic Considerations and Economic Constraints

SWP Comments 2012/C 35, October 2012, 4 Pages

Egypt: Complex Challenges of Simultaneous Political and Economic Transformation

in: Muriel Asseburg
Protest, Revolt and Regime Change in the Arab World

Actors, Challenges, Implications and Policy Options

SWP Research Paper 2012/RP 06, February 2012, 71 Pages, P. 34-36

The Military and the Muslim Brotherhood

Will a Power-sharing Agreement Be Reached in Egypt?

SWP Comments 2012/C 04, February 2012, 4 Pages

»A Radiant Future«? Nuclear Power in the Arab World

in: Barbara Lippert, Volker Perthes
Expect the Unexpected

Ten Situations to Keep an Eye On

SWP Research Paper 2012/RP 01, January 2012, 49 Pages, P. 11-14

Publications (selection):

Gamal Mubarak and the Discord in Egypt's Ruling Elite

in: Arab Reform Bulletin (Carnegie Endowment), September 1, 2010 (online)

'Finance Matters!'

in: Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 15, No. 3, 2010, pp. 349-370

In the press:

with Lars Brozus

Referendum in Egypt: International Monitoring Benefits the Regime

According to Lars Brozus and Stephan Roll, the EU should not monitor the Egyptian referendum, but instead push for political inclusion.

Point of View, January 2014
with Max Gallien

Egypt: No Coup Without a Plan

The coup in Egypt is a consequence of the military’s direct interests.

In: Fair Observer, 16 July 2013 (online)

Egypt: The Failure of the Muslim Brotherhood

Mohammed Morsi's own failure is also a failure of the Muslim Brotherhood. They did not succeed in consolidating the power they obtained in 2011. Stephan Roll analyzes why.

Point of View, July 2013

Morsi: How Valid is the Criticism Against the President?

The Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is being heavily criticized. However, the complicated situation in Egypt urges the observer to take a closer look. Stephan Roll scrutinizes the five most important points of criticism.

Point of View, January 2013

Mursi Reaches Agreement with the Generals

The changes in the Egyptian military leadership are not the result of a "civilian putsch", says Stephan Roll. They are rather the result of a long-planned changeover from one generation to the next, in which the generals will continue to hold a veto in any future political system.

Point of View, August 2012

SWP Comments

Markus Kaim, Annette Weber
Central African Republic in Crisis

African Union Mission Needs United Nations Support

Margit Hellwig-Bötte
Wildlife Crime in Africa – A Global Challenge

Successful Countermeasures Must Involve Local Populations

SWP Research Papers

Heiko Wimmen
Divisive Rule

Sectarianism and Power Maintenance in the Arab Spring: Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria

Stephan Roll
Egypt’s Business Elite after Mubarak

A Powerful Player between Generals and Brotherhood