Jan Claudius Völkel

Jan Claudius Völkel is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and Regional Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa for the Bertelsmann Transformation Index (BTI).

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Presidential Elections in Egypt: A Sense of Déjà-vu

Presidential elections 2014 in Egypt. Photo by Zeinab Mohamed. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/ Egyptians vote for their next president from March 26-28, 2018. According to the National Election Authority, more than 59 million voters are registered for this election. But do they have a choice? Remember Egypt’s last presidential elections in May 2014 when Abdel […]

Moving the German Anti-IS Troops from Turkey to Jordan: A Jump from the Frying Pan into the Fire?

The Bundeswehr is leaving. Photo by JouWatch via flickr.com. CC BY-SA 2.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ In response to Turkey’s decision to block visits of German parliamentarians, Bundeswehr troops are about to pull out from the Turkish air base in Incirlik in July. But will Jordan be a more reliable host? After months of internal discussions and negotiations […]

As Populists Rise in the West, Arab Autocrats Rejoice

Resist Trump Ralley, January 30, 2017. By Joe Crimmings via flickr.com. CC-BY-2.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ The decay of democratic norms in European and U.S. policy-making plays into the hands of autocratic leaders in the Middle East and North Africa. While Prime Minister Theresa May officially announced the United Kingdom’s intention to leave the EU on 29 March […]

A Last day of Hajj - all pilgrims leaving Mina, many already in Mecca for farewell circumambulation of Kaaba

Hiring Bullies as Bouncers

© Ggia via wikipedia.org, CC BY-SA 4.0 Facing record immigration numbers, the European Union has started to look into closer cooperation with governments in Africa. In the Khartoum Process, the EU intends to set the fox to keep the geese, as it is those governments’ actions that people are trying to run away from. This […]

The BTI team: Sabine Donner, Hauke Hartmann, Sabine Steinkamp & Robert Schwarz (from left to right) © Bock & Gärtner

The Frog Jumps out of the Well

The BTI team: Sabine Donner, Hauke Hartmann, Sabine Steinkamp & Robert Schwarz (from left to right) © Bock & Gärtner Tunisia, the BTI’s most-improved in democratic transformation (jumping from rank 100 in the BTI 2012 to rank 64 in the BTI 2014), has managed its transformation process like the frog who made it out of […]