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Dr. René Rieger

Associate Researcher

29.04.2015 · C·A·P

Dr. René Rieger is a political consultant, lecturer, and academic author specializing in international relations, security, and transformation processes in the MENA region as well as in Islamism in Europe. In addition, he is the chairman of the Middle East and International Affairs Research Group (MEIA Research). Since 2010, Dr. Rieger has been a recurrent university lecturer inter alia at Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich (LMU) and a regular guest speaker at research and educational institutions in Germany and abroad as well as at various institutions of the German armed forces. In 2012, he was a guest researcher at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

From 2003-2009, he studied political science, contemporary history, international law, and Modern Standard Arabic at LMU and at Dartmouth College (USA). In 2009, he received a Master’s degree with distinction from LMU. In 2013, he was awarded a PhD in Middle East Politics from the University of Exeter (UK). His dissertation is entitled "The Foreign Policy of the Arab Gulf Monarchies from 1971 to 1990."

Research Interests

Foreign and Security Policy in the Gulf region; political and economic transformation processes in the MENA region; history and current developments of the Arab-Israeli conflict; German and US foreign and security policy; political education

Ongoing Research Projects

Saudi Foreign Policy
Regional Security in the Gulf Region
Islamism in Europa


René Rieger and Sebastian Sons, "Saudi Arabia’s Regional Policy Since 2011," in Robert Mason (ed.), Cold War in the Middle East and the New Regional Order (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming).

René Rieger, Saudi Arabia, Diplomacy, and Mediation: An Approach to Conflict Resolution in International Relations (London: I.B. Tauris, forthcoming).

René Rieger, "Saudi Arabia’s Relations with Israel and Palestine," in Neil Partrick (ed.), Saudi Foreign Policy: Conflict and Cooperation in Uncertain Times (London: I.B. Tauris, forthcoming).

René Rieger, "In Search of Stability: Saudi Arabia and the Arab Spring," GRM Papers, Gulf Research Center, July 2014.

René Rieger and Markus Schiller, "Pre-emptive Strike against Iran: Military Necessity or Prelude to an Avoidable Disaster?," Middle East Policy, Vol. 19, No. 4 (Winter 2012), pp. 127-39.

Michael Bauer and René Rieger, "Enhancing Interregional Partnership: Europe and the Gulf,” in Edmund Ratka and Olga Spaiser (eds.), Understanding European Neighbourhood Policies: Concepts, Actors, Perceptions (=Münchner Beiträge zur europäischen Einigung, vol. 22, ed. by Werner Weidenfeld) (Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2012), pp. 173-87.

René Rieger, "The Military Option in the Iranian Nuclear Crisis," C·A·Perspectives 2/2012.

Related Information

Research workshop on the Sinai
Leading Change Across the Mediterranean
17.12.2014 · C·A·P

Understanding European Neighbourhood Policies - Concepts, Actors, Perceptions
Herausgegeben von Edmund Ratka und Olga Spaiser
27.06.2012 · Münchner Beiträge zur europäischen Einigung, Bd. 22 

The Military Option in the Iranian Nuclear Crisis
C·A·Perspectives · 2 · 2012
19.04.2012 · René Rieger

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