Dr. phil. Stephan Roll

Dr. phil. Stephan Roll

Research Division: Middle East and Africa


2012 - 2015 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:


SWP Publications (selection):

Jessica Noll, Stephan Roll

From Yemen War to Joint Army?

Egyptian-Saudi Differences over Arab Military Cooperation

SWP Comments 2015/C 31, May 2015, 4 Pages
Tobias von Lossow, Stephan Roll

Egypt’s Nile Water Policy under Sisi

Security Interests Promote Rapprochement with Ethiopia

SWP Comments 2015/C 11, February 2015, 4 Pages
Stephan Roll

Al-Sisi’s Development Visions

Projects and Power in Egypt

SWP Comments 2014/C 26, May 2014, 4 Pages
Stephan Roll

Egypt’s Business Elite after Mubarak

A Powerful Player between Generals and Brotherhood

SWP Research Paper 2013/RP 08, September 2013, 28 Pages

External Publications (selection):

Stephan Roll

Managing Change: How Egypt's Military Leadership Shaped the Transformation

in: Mediterranean Politics (Special Issue "Dynamics of Transformation, Elite Change and New Social Mobilization in the Arab World"), 21 (2016) 1 (online versions October 2015).
Stephan Roll

Gamal Mubarak and the Discord in Egypt's Ruling Elite

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

'Finance Matters!'

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

In the Media/ »Point of View« (selection):

Lars Brozus, Stephan Roll

The long arm of the dictator

From the very outset, Egypt's President Sisi has pursued policies of exclusion and polarisation. It is time for the EU to hold him to account and ensure that any aid granted is made contingent upon political inclusion and better governance, say Stephan Roll and Lars Brozus.

Point of View, June 2016
Lars Brozus, Stephan Roll

Egypt: The EU Election Observation Mission was a Mistake

The assessment of the Egyptian presidential election by EU observers is highly problematic. Their preliminary report indicates that the EU has sided with the repressive regime. This could compromise its influence on the country’s development; argue Lars Brozus and Stephan Roll.

Point of View, June 2014
Lars Brozus, Stephan Roll

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
Max Gallien, Stephan Roll

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)
Stephan Roll

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

SWP Comments

Peter Lintl
The Dynamics of a Right-wing Coalition

How the Failure of the Peace Processes Encourages Domestic Populism in Israel

Lidia Averbukh
Non-Jewish Minorities and Their Access to Israeli Citizenship

Demographic Threat Perceptions and Ensuing State Strategies

SWP Research Papers

Mareike Transfeld, Isabelle Werenfels
#HashtagSolidarities: Twitter Debates and Networks in the MENA Region

Guido Steinberg, Annette Weber (eds.)
Jihadism in Africa

Local Causes, Regional Expansion, International Alliances