since 1 October 2005 Director of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs and Executive Chairman of the Board of SWP
1992-2005 Senior Research Associate at SWP, Head of Middle East and Africa Division up to March 2005
1999 Habilitation, Duisburg University
1991-1993, Assistant Professor, American University of Beirut
1990 PhD, Duisburg University
Areas of Expertise:
China, Europe, Middle East, Turkey, United States, Arab Spring, Defence and security policy / Armed forces, EU foreign policy, Euro-Atlantic security, European Union, Middle East conflict, Political Islam / Islamism, Transatlantic relations
German and European Foreign and Security Policy; Transatlantic Relations; Middle East.