Ilyas Saliba

Ilyas Saliba
David Ausserhofer


ilyas.saliba [at]
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin
B 208

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David Ausserhofer
Research Fellow of the Research Unit


Since October 2013 Humboldt University, Berlin

  • PhD candidate at the Berlin Graduate School for Social Sciences (BGSS)

  • Dissertation Project: (working title): How elite perceptions, the sequence of diffusion and  modus of regime decision-making in crises impact the ability for authoritarian learning 

Since September 2013 WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Berlin

  • Research fellow at Research Unit Democracy and Democratization 

  • Communications officer at Research Unit Democracy and Democratization

Since April 2019 Global Public Policy institute, Berlin

  • Research Associate in the Human Rights and Democracy Team

January 2018 - April 2019 Amnesty International, Berlin

  • MENA Desk and Advocacy for the German chapter of Amnesty International  

September - December 2016 Oxford University, Nuffield College

  • Visiting Researcher at Nuffield College, Oxford

September - December 2015 Ecole Gouvernment et Economique

  • Visiting Researcher at the Centre de Recherche Economie Société et Culture (CRESC) at EGE in Rabat, Morocco

March - June 2015 American University in Cairo (AUC)

  • Guest Researcher at the Department for Political Science at American University in Cairo, Egypt 

September - December 2014 European University Institute (EUI), Fiesole

  • Visiting Student at the Department for Political and Social Sciences

  • Program Associate to the Europe in the World Programm at the Robert Schumann Center for Adavnced Studies

2011-2013 ETH Zürich and University of Zürich

  • MA in International and Comparative Studies

  • Thesis: Explaining Authoritarian Resilience in Moments of Contestation: Morocco During the Arab Uprisings. 

2012-2013 Free University Berlin

  • MA level exchange student at the Otto-Suhr Institute for Political Science 

2007-2011 University of Hamburg

  • BA in Political Science - Bachelor Thesis: The EU Foreign Policy towards Libya

2010 University of Gothenburg

  • BA level exchange student in Politial Science with the School of Global Studies and the School of Public Administration 

Selected Publications

Grimm, Jannis/Köhler, Kevin/Lust, Ellen/Saliba, Ilyas/Schierenbeck, Isabell (2020): Safer Field Research in the Social Sciences. A Guide to Human and Digital Security in Hostile Environments. Thousand Oaks, CA [u.a.]: Sage, 176 S.
Kinzelbach, Katrin/Spannagel, Janika/Saliba, Ilyas (2020): The Academic Freedom Index and Other New Indicators Relating to Academic Space. An Introduction. User Working Papers of the V-Dem Institute 2020:26 2020:26. Gothenburg: Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institut at University of Gothenburg.
Kinzelbach, Katrin/Spannagel, Janika/Saliba, Ilyas/Quinn, Robert (2020): Free Universities. Putting the Academic Freedom Index Into Action. GPPI Report. Berlin: Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi).
Saliba, Ilyas/Merkel, Wolfgang (2019): "Dilemma of Simultaneity". In: Wolfgang Merkel/Raj Kollmorgen/Hans-Jürgen Wagener (Eds.): The Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation. Oxford/New York, NY: Oxford University Press, S. 471-479.
Saliba, Ilyas (2018): "Academic Freedom in the MENA Region. Universities under Siege". In: Europen Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed.) (Ed.): IEMed. Mediterranean Yearbook 2018. Barcelona: IEMed, S. 313-316.
Werenfels, Isabelle/Saliba, Ilyas (2017): Keine Konkurrenz für den König. Grenzen politischer Reformen in Marokkos 'aufgeklärtem Autoritarismus'. SWP-Aktuell A 25 A 25. Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik.
Werenfels, Isabelle/Saliba, Ilyas (2017): No Rivals to the King. The Limits to Political Reform in Morocco’s 'Enlightened Authoritarianism'. SWP Comments 17 17. Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit. (updated English Version of SWP-Aktuell 25/2017)
Grimm, Jannis/Saliba, Ilyas (2017): "Free Research in Fearful Times. Conceptualizing an Index to Monitor Academic Freedom". In: Interdisciplinary Political Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1, S. 41-75.
Saliba, Ilyas (2016): "Change or Charade? Morocco's Constitutional Reform Process 2011". In: Orient - German Journal for Politics, Economics and Culture of the Middle East, Vol. 57, No. 3, S. 52-57.
Saliba, Ilyas/Merkel, Wolfgang (2015): "Dilemmata der Gleichzeitigkeit". In: Raj Kollmorgen/Wolfgang Merkel/Hans-Jürgen Wagener (Hg.): Handbuch der TransformationsforschungSpringer VS, S. 517-526.
Saliba, Ilyas/Grimm, Jannis (2015): "Falsche Solidarität. Militärischer Aktionismus in Syrien ist moralisch falsch und wenig effektiv". In: ipg-journal - IPG Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft, 18.12.2015.
Hagmann, Jonas/Saliba, Ilyas (2013): "Sicherheit im Öffentlichen Raum. Begegnungsorte im Spannungsfeld zwischen Kontrolle, Freiheit und Demokratie". In: Bulletin zur schweizerischen Sicherheitspolitik, S. 91-109.

Working Papers (work in progress)

  • "Killing them softly? Assessing Pre-emptive Repression in Russia and Egypt"  – with Ed Stoddard (University of Portsmouth)
  • "Share It or Lose It? Authoritarian Power-Sharing and Regime Stability in Multi-Ethnic States." – with Yannick Pengl (ETH Zürich)

Book Reviews

  • "Die neuen Staatsfeinde. Wie Helfer syrischer Flüchtlinge in Deutschland Kriminalsiert werden." Buchen, Stefan 2014 Online rezension beim Alsharq Blog
  • “Europäische Sicherheits- und Verteidigungspolitik – Anspruch oder Wirklichkeit?“ Volker Epping, Christiane Lemke, Alim Baluch (Edts.), Berlin (LIT Verlag), in S+F. Sicherheit + Frieden. Security + Peace, volume 4/2011; p. 292-4 
  • “The Afghanistan Challenge: Hard Realities & Strategic Choices” Hans-Georg Ehrhart / Charles C. Pentland (Edts.), McGill Queens University Press in S+F. Sicherheit + Frieden. Security + Peace, volume 2/2010; p. 124-5

Analysis and Blog posts (selection)


Global public Policy institute (GPPi)

Research Associate in the Human Rights and Democracy team

Working on the Academic Freedom index project

Studienkolleg zu Berlin

Head of international student research group at Project: Option Migration - Young unemployed academics from Southern Europe and motivations for migration to Germany

Center for Security Studies (CSS), Zürich

Researcher Associate at Project: Securitization of the Public Sphere

Center for International and Comparative Studies (CIS), Zürich

Research Assistant at Project: Differentiated Integration in the EU

University of Hamburg

Research Assistant at Project: Unclenching Fists: Dialogue & Diversity in Diplomatic Interaction

Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH), Hamburg

Research Assistant at Project: PiraT: Piracy and Maratime Terrorism as a Challenge for Maritime Trade Security

Ilyas Saliba
David Ausserhofer


ilyas.saliba [at]
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin
B 208

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David Ausserhofer

Research Interests

  • Political Developments in the MENA Region
  • Comparative Authoritarianism 
  • International Dimension of Authoritarian Resilience
  • Authoritarian Learning
  • Policy Diffusion in Authoritarian Contexts
  • Democratization and Transition
  • Critical Security Studies & Securitization
  • European Foreign and Security Policy
  • Case Study and Process Tracing Methods