Areas of Expertise

  • Israel/Palestine
  • Turkey and the Kurdish question
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Youth in the Arab world, Israel, and Turkey
  • Democratization


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Kristian Brakel graduated with a MA in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Hamburg and has spent substantial time in Egypt, Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), Jordan, Syria, and Turkey. After his studies, he completed the trainee program in development studies at Berlin’s Center for Rural Development (Seminar für Ländliche Entwicklung, SLE) and started working as an officer for political cooperation for the German Federal Foreign Office in the OPT.

Brakel has held posts as a senior political analyst on the Middle East and North Africa with both the international non-governmental organization Crisis Action in Germany and the United Nation’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the United Arab Emirates. He has headed the office of the European Union’s special representative in Sudan and served as political adviser to the EU special representative for the Middle East Peace Process.

(Last updated in May 2022)

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