Isabelle Werenfels – Germany

Linked with Islamist Parties in the Maghreb, with Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik SWP.
She is a researcher at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin.

Read: The Magnetic Pole Of Today’s World Is The West: ISABELLE WERENFELS interviews AMIN MAALOUF.

Read also: Opportunities and Risks in Rapprochement.

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Isabelle Werenfels – Germany

Isabelle Werenfels, a researcher on North Africa for the Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin, said: “The cartoons are pretty devastating” for the trial “because at this point it’s very important for Qaddafi to save face”. The Libyan public has been told for seven years that the Bulgarian nurses were responsible for the HIV infections, she said, and it will now be difficult for the government to come up with a different story.

“Anything that would make him look ridiculous might make him try to reassert his power and honor in order not to show any weakness domestically,” Werenfels said of Qaddafi. (Read the whole article on The Internat. Herald Tribune, Europe).

Read the Islam Research Directory.

Project Arab Elites, Fritz Thyssen scholarship: 1999 Head of the Swiss Delegation and of the Research, Analysis & Information Division of the Temporary International Presence in the City of Hebron (TIPH), 1993-2000 reporter/editor with a special focus on the Middle East at the Swiss Broadcasting Company’s Radio (DRS). Areas of Expertise: political-economic transformation and elite change in the Maghreb states; German and European foreign policy towards the Maghreb region; Euro-Mediterranean Partnership; democracy research; gender issues; The transformation of Islamist movements in the Maghreb; EU-policies towards the oil-rich states Algeria and Libya; Western democratization strategies towards the Maghreb region. (Read all on Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik).

Lies: Politische Entwicklung nach der Unabhängigkeit.

  • 2001-2003 SWP-Forschungsprojekt “Elitenwandel in der arabischen Welt”;
  • 1999 Leiterin der Schweizer-Delegation und der Recherche und Analyse Abteilung der “Temporary International Presence in the City of Hebron” (TIPH);
  • Redakteurin (1993-1999) / freie Mitarbeiterin (2000) bei Schweizer Radio DRS2 mit Schwerpunkt Nahost (Hintergrundsendungen zu gesellschaftlichen und politischen Fragen).


  • Politische und ökonomische Transformationen sowie Elitenwandel in den Maghreb-Staaten;
  • deutsche und europäische Politik gegenüber der Maghreb-Region;
  • Euro-Mediterrane Partnerschaft;
  • Demokratieforschung; Genderfragen;
  • Umgang mit Islamismus im Maghreb;EU-Beziehungen zu den ressourcenreichen Staaten Algerien und Libyen;
  • westliche Demokratisierungsstrategien gegenüber der Maghreb-Region. (Lies den ganzen Artikel unter Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik).

Lies: Vom Umgang mit Islamisten im Maghreb.

Book: Isabelle Werenfels, Political Change in Algeria, Pub Date: 09/02/2007, ISBN: 9780415403443, ISBN-10: 0415403448, Series Name: History and Society in the Islamic World – This topical new book seeks to understand the relationship between elite dynamics and strategies and the lack of profound political change in Algeria after 1995, when the country’s military rulers returned to electoral processes. Using evidence from extensive fieldwork, Isabelle Werenfels exposes successful survival strategies of an opaque authoritarian elite in a changing domestic and international environment. The main focus is on the changing balance of power between different elite segments the modes of generation change and the different emerging young elite types constraints, obligations and opportunities arising from elite embeddings in clienteles networks and in specific social and economic structures. Building rare evidence from fieldwork into a multidisciplinary analytical framework, this book presents a significant input to the more general literature on transition processes and is particularly relevant as the West pushes for democratic reforms in the Middle East and North Africa. Price: £70.00, Binding: Hardback.

Read her articles in arabic script on Nawaat.

Isabelle Werenfels (2004: 178) observes, “The involvement of current and retired military officials in the private and the informal sectors of the economy had been increasing since the 1980s and was indirectly encouraged by an early retirement regulation for civil servants. Not surprisingly, many members of the core elite, for example Belkeir and Mohammed Lamari, placed family members in privileged positions in the private sector and were reputed to have made fortunes.” (Read in the article of Bradford Dillman, on



The Moshe Dayan Center;

Changing Political Elites in the Arab World;

Wurzel-Werk, altes Wissen, neue Pfade;

Read text about Workshop on “Rebuilding Devastated Economies in the Middle East”, G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA, Session II, hold on February 3-5, 2005.

Library of Congress;

in welcher Bibliothek?

Forget Baghdad – New World Order, l’ultimo film di Samir;

Algeria’s Agonies: Oil Rent Effects in a Bunker State.

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