Katrin Sold

Associate Fellow, Franco-German Relations Program

Areas of Expertise

  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Transformation processes in North Africa
  • European policy toward the Mediterranean and North Africa
  • Economic policy, welfare policy, and labor market policy in the Maghreb States

Foreign Languages

French, English


Email: sold@dgap.org

Media Inquiries

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Katrin Sold is a research associate at the Center for Near and Middle EAstern Studies (CNMS) at Philipps-Universität Marburg. She was previously a program officer in the DGAP's Franco-German Relations Program from 2009 to 2014, and was a visiting scholar at the Centre de Recherche sur l’Afrique et la Méditerranée (CERAM) in Rabat, Morocco, and at the Institut de recherche sur le Maghreb contemporain (IRMC) in Tunis, Tunisia.

She is currently earning her doctorate with a study of the North African Middle Class, employment policy, and political participation of young entrepreneurs in North Africa. Areas of research focus include economic policy, welfare policy, and labor-market policies in the Maghreb States and, more broadly, the transformation processes underway in the region.

She studied political science and German literature at the Humboldt Universität in Berlin and at the Institute d'Études Politiques in Toulouse. 


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Selected Publications

Power Struggle in Tunisia
Islamists and secularists wrestle over the new constitution while citizens protest political violence
by Katrin Sold
Five Questions, July 29, 2013
Power Struggle in Tunisia
Tunesia, cradle of the Arab Spring, remains unsettled. While politicians debate the role of religion in the constitution, the population is venting its discontent over vulnerable social conditions, creeping Islamization, and political violence. The July murder of Mohamed Brahmi, the second prominent opposition politician to die this year, has led to new demonstrations against the regime. The government’s future depends on how vehemently the call for change is articulated on the street.
Category: Government and Society, Democratization/System Change, Near and Middle East/North Africa
France Presses Ahead With International Operation in Mali
The country walks a fine line between security interests and a colonial past
by Katrin Sold
Five Questions, November 19, 2012
France Presses Ahead With International Operation in Mali
Islamist rebels have brought northern Mali under their control. The country threatens to become a retreat for terrorist, and thousands of people are on the run. France has traditionally cultivated close relations to West African states and is now campaigning for an international intervention in Mali. However, French President Francois Hollande cannot afford the type of military engagement his predecessor pursued in Libya. Five questions for DGAP expert Katrin Sold.
Category: Security, Africa, Mali, France, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Crossing Borders
Rethinking the European Union’s Neighborhood Policies
by Almut Möller, Cornelius Adebahr, Claire Demesmay, Carsten Främke, Lucas Lypp, Marie-Lena May, Stefan Meister, Katrin Sold, Marek Souček, Ulrike Stern, Marcel Viëtor, Natasha Wunsch
DGAPanalyse 2, August 18, 2011, 100 pp.
Crossing Borders
The debt crisis calls for the EU’s full attention – and threatens to supplant the fact that urgent action is needed on Europe’s periphery. The revolutions in North Africa demand answers; further EU enlargement needs to be planned and implemented. There are many common topics that link the European Union and its neighbors, from energy to migration. Thus, cross-border space must be created in which EU policies on a range of topics can be further developed
Category: European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), Eastern Partnership, European Union, Europe, Eastern Europe

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