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Dr Lars Berger
Senior Lecturer
Salford University

US Middle East policies, US Congress, Islamist terrorism, Democratization, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Public Opinion, Arab-Israeli Conflict

Lars received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the Friedrich-Schiller University where he also taught before joining Salford University in September 2007. In 2006-07 he was a British Academy Fellow at the Department of Politics at Newcastle University. He has studied, travelled and researched widely in the Middle East, including a one-year study stay at the American University in Cairo, as well as further research trips to Egypt, the Moshe Dayan Centre for Middle Eastern and African Studies in Tel Aviv/Israel, and the King Faisal Centre for Islamic Research and Studies in Riyadh/Saudi Arabia. In 2002-03, he was one of two Germans to join the American Political Science Association's Congressional Fellowship Program which provided him with unique insights into the foreign-policy making process in the United States. In 2007, the German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO) recognized Lars's research with an award for the best Ph.D. dissertation of the year. Lars' current research interest focuses on images of the West and Western policies in Muslim public opinion. He has been a frequent commentator on various BBC TV and Radio channels regarding the political changes sweeping the Arab world since January 2011.

2000 Study Abroad at American University in Cairo 2002 M.A. in Political Science, Islamic Studies and Sociology at Friedrich-Schiller University Jena/Germany 2006 Ph.D. Political Science (International Relations) at Friedrich-Schiller University Jena/Germany


Latest Additions

  1. Religious fundamentalism as an obstacle to peace in the Middle East: Under what conditions might pragmatism prevail?
  2. The Arab Spring - its impact on the region and on the Middle East Conference
  3. Conceptualizing al-Qaeda and US Grand Strategy
  4. Yemen and the Middle East conference: The challenge of failing states and transnational terrorism
  5. Hassan al-Banna
  6. Muhammad Abduh
  7. Wahhabism
  8. Perspektiven für den Israelisch-Palästinensischen Konflikt und den Nahostfriedensprozess unter US-Präsident Obama: Fortschritt oder Stagnation?
  9. The missing link? US policy and the international dimensions of failed democratic transitions in the Arab world
  10. Terrorismusbekämpfung

Most Viewed Items

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1Guns, butter, and human rights – The congressional politics of U.S. aid to Egypt1050
2Yemen and the Middle East conference: The challenge of failing states and transnational terrorism817
3Peace and democracy? The post-cold war debate on U.S. middle east policies677
4Hassan al-Banna651
5The challenge of talking about terrorism: the EU and the Arab debate on the causes of Islamist terrorism621
6Conceptualizing al-Qaeda and US Grand Strategy534
7The Arab Spring - its impact on the region and on the Middle East Conference514
8The domestic politics of U.S. policy towards the Persian Gulf 505
10Breaking the wave – the war in Iraq, U.S.-Egyptian relations and the Bush administration’s ‘democratic tsunami’467