Dr. phil. Stephan Roll

Dr. phil. Stephan Roll


Research Division: Middle East and Africa
Head of Research Division

stephan.roll(at)swp-berlin.org

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):

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

doi:10.18449/2019RP08


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

doi:10.18449/2019C18


Stephan Roll, Azadeh Zamirirad

Détente in the Gulf Region – Saudi Arabia and Iran Agree on Zones of Influence

in: Lars Brozus (ed.)
While We Were Planning

Contributions to Research Papers 2018/RP 05, September 2018, 46 Pages, S. 21-25

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

Matthias Sailer, Stephan Roll

Three Scenarios for the Qatar Crisis

Regime Change, Resolution or Cold War in the Gulf

SWP Comment 2017/C 25, July 2017, 4 Pages

External Publications (selection):

Stephan Roll

Aramco’s IPO and Bin Salman’s Fiscal Takeover

In: Sada, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 02.12.2019 (online)
Stephan Roll, Luca Miehe

Egypt Engulfed by Militarism

in: IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook 2019, Panorama, Barcelona.
Stephan Roll

Energy Politics in Egypt: A Quick Fix for Economic Problems

In: David Ramin Jalilvand, Kirsten Westphal (Hrsg.): The Political and Economic Challenges of Energy in the Middle East and North Africa, Routledge, 2018, S. 209-220.
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

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
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, 04.06.2014
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, 03.07.2013

SWP Comments

Wolfram Lacher
International Schemes, Libyan Realities

Attempts at Appeasing Khalifa Haftar Risk Further Escalating Libya’s Civil War


Stefan Wolfrum
Israel’s Contradictory Gas Export Policy

The Promotion of a Transcontinental Pipeline Contradicts the Declared Goal of Regional Cooperation


SWP Research Papers

Stephan Roll
A Sovereign Wealth Fund for the Prince

Economic Reforms and Power Consolidation in Saudi Arabia


Muriel Asseburg, Wolfram Lacher, Mareike Transfeld
Mission Impossible?

UN Mediation in Libya, Syria and Yemen