Ilyas Saliba

Non-Resident Fellow

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Ilyas Saliba is non-resident fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin. He previously worked at GPPi as a research fellow, where he focused on democracy and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa and contributed to GPPi’s work on measuring academic freedom.

Ilyas is currently on sabbatical while 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 Deutsche Welle 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, Frankfurter Rundschau, and Tagesspiegel.

In 2020, Ilyas contributed two chapters to the book Researching Academic Freedom” and co-authored Safer Field Research in the Social Sciences”. Previously, he 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), a member of the European Coordinating Committee for Academic Freedom Advocacy and serves on the board of Netzwerk Europa, an initiative that aims to enhance European dialogue and exchange on cultural and political issues.

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 theWZB 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
Protest & Social Movements
Human Rights
Middle East & North Africa


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