Ilyas Saliba

Research Associate

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Ilyas Saliba is research associate at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, where he focuses on democracy and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa and contributes to GPPi’s work on measuring academic freedom.

Ilyas is currently completing his PhD at Humboldt University Berlin and is a research fellow at the Research Unit Democracy and Democratization at WZB Berlin Social Science Center. In the course of his research, he has conducted extensive fieldwork in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia and has been a visiting researcher at the European University Institute in Florence, as well as Oxford University, the American University in Cairo and the Ecole de Gouvernance et d’Economie in Rabat.

Ilyas has been a guest on ARD, ZDF and RTL News as well as on German Public Radio, among others. His commentary has been published in Open Democracy, Qantara, Süddeutsche Zeitung, DIE ZEIT, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and Tagesspiegel.

In 2018, Ilyas co-authored the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development’s annual country report on Morocco. He is an election observer for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and serves on the Advisory Board of Techne, an initiative that aims to enhance Syrian expert voices in policymaking on Syria.

Prior to joining GPPi, Ilyas worked with Amnesty International in Berlin as MENA advocacy officer, as well as with the Center for Security Studies (CSS) in Zürich, the German Institute for Foreign and Security Policy (SWP), and the WZB Berlin Social Center.

Ilyas studied political science and international relations at the University of Hamburg, University of Gothenburg, ETH Zürich, and the Free University of Berlin. His studies were supported by scholarships from Bucerius Zeit Foundation, the German National Academic Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Languages: German, English, French

Areas of Expertise

Rights & Democracy
Democratization
Protest & Social Movements
Human Rights
Middle East & North Africa

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