Dr. Stephan Roll

Dr. Stephan Roll

Research Division: Africa and Middle East
Head of Research Division


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:

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Elites and elite change

Economic Developments, Political Economy

SWP Publications (selection):

Yannik Hüllinghorst, Stephan Roll

German Arms Exports and the Militari­sation of Arab States’ Foreign Policies

SWP Comment 2021/C 06, January 2021, 4 Pages


Tobias von Lossow, Luca Miehe, Stephan Roll

Nile Conflict: Compensation Rather Than Mediation

How Europeans Can Lead an Alternative Way Forward

SWP Comment 2020/C 11, March 2020, 4 Pages


Stephan Roll

A Sovereign Wealth Fund for the Prince

Economic Reforms and Power Consolidation in Saudi Arabia

SWP Research Paper 2019/RP 08, July 2019, 32 Pages


Luca Miehe, Stephan Roll

Three Scenarios for the Development of the Sisi Regime in Egypt

Development Dictatorship, Mubarak 2.0, or Rapid Collapse?

SWP Comment 2019/C 18, March 2019, 4 Pages


Stephan Roll

Egypt: Migration Policy and Power Consolidation

in: Anne Koch, Annette Weber, Isabelle Werenfels (eds.)
Profiteers of Migration?

Contributions to Research Papers 2018/RP 04, July 2018, 74 Pages, S. 56-65

External Publications (selection):

Stephan Roll

The Impact of COVID-19 on Egypt’s Economy and Prospects for Reform

in: Prospects for Reform in the Arab Region in Post COVID-19 Realities, Human Rights Dissimination Program by CIHRS, February 19, 2021 (online), pp. 26-37.
Stephan Roll

The Nile Conflict and Egypt’s Failed Power Projection

ISPI Commentary, Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), 24.09.2020 (online).
Stephan Roll

A Missed Opportunity: Germany and the IMF-Agreement with Egypt

Tarek Radwan (Ed.): The Impact and Influence of International Financial Institutions on the Economies of the Middle East and North Africa, Tunis: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, April 2020, pp. 126-136.
Stephan Roll

Aramco’s IPO and Bin Salman’s Fiscal Takeover

In: Sada, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 02.12.2019 (online)
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).

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

Stephan Roll, Yannik Hüllinghorst

German Arms Exports and Growing Tensions in the Middle East

Middle East regional dynamics have made arms exports less compatible with German export regulations.

in: TAWAZUN BLOG (online), 22.02.2021.
Lars Brozus, Stephan Roll

Five years after the murder of Giulio Regeni: Europe's dangerous Egypt policy

Egypt has never been called to account for the murder of Giulio Regeni, nor for the numerous human rights violations committed by the Sisi regime. Focusing only on stability, European governments are increasingly losing touch with actual developments in Egypt, say Lars Brozus and Stephan Roll.

Point of View, 03.02.2021
Stephan Roll

'Egypt's leadership feels markedly threatened by Turkey'

The dispute about maritime territories between Turkey and Greece is heating up. Egypt's involvement has added a new dimension to the conflict, the Middle East analyst Stephan Roll says.

Interview with Panagiotis Kouparanis, in: Deutsche Welle, 11.08.2020 (online)
Stephan Roll

Egypt's 'anti-terror' campaign: Not all it seems

Sisi's administration is using the attacks on Coptic Christians as a pretext for furthering its own foreign and domestic ends, making Egypt an unsuitable partner for the fight against terrorism.

in: Qantara.de (online), 07 June 2017
Stephan Roll, Lars Brozus

The Regeni murder: Egypt′s repression of academics and journalists

The murder of an Italian academic one year ago was yet another tragic reminder that it is barely possible to conduct independent research in Egypt these days. But German and European policies on Egypt rely on scholarly analyses, say Stephan Roll and Lars Brozus.

Point of View, 01.02.2017

SWP Comments

Muriel Asseburg
Palestinian Elections, Finally

Significance, Challenges and European Responsibilities

Günther Maihold, Melanie Müller, Christina Saulich, Svenja Schöneich
Responsibility in Supply Chains

Germany’s Due Diligence Act Is a Good Start

SWP Research Papers

Peter Lintl
The Haredim as a Challenge for the Jewish State

The Culture War over Israel’s Identity

Muriel Asseburg
Reconstruction in Syria

Challenges and Policy Options for the EU and its Member States