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:


SWP Publications (selection):

with Jessica Noll

From Yemen War to Joint Army?

Egyptian-Saudi Differences over Arab Military Cooperation

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

Egypt’s Nile Water Policy under Sisi

Security Interests Promote Rapprochement with Ethiopia

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

Al-Sisi’s Development Visions

Projects and Power in Egypt

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

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):

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).

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 Media/ »Point of View« (selection):

with Lars Brozus

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
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

SWP Comments

Khaled Yacoub Oweis
The West’s Darling in Syria

Seeking Support, the Kurdish Democratic Union Party Brandishes an Anti-Jihadist Image

Mohammed Masbah
Moroccan Foreign Fighters

Evolution of the Phenomenon, Promotive Factors, and the Limits of Hardline Policies

SWP Research Papers

Guido Steinberg, Annette Weber
Jihadism in Africa

Local Causes, Regional Expansion, International Alliances

Marco Overhaus, Guido Steinberg, Kirsten Westphal
The US Shale Revolution and the Arab Gulf States

The Economic and Political Impact of Changing Energy Markets