Areas of Expertise

  • Societal developments in Saudi Arabia
  • Saudia Arabia’s foreign policy
  • South Asian migration to the Arab Gulf states
  • Islamic Jihadism


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Sebastian Sons has been a researcher in DGAP’s Middle East and North Africa Program since November 2014 and is involved in the research project on “Engagement of the Arab Gulf States Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates in Egypt and Tunisia.” He previously headed the research unit at the German Orient-Institute in Berlin and worked as a journalist. Currently, he is writing his PhD dissertation on “Mediatization of Labor Migrants from Pakistan in Saudi Arabia” at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Sons studied modern history, Islamic Studies, and political science in Berlin and Damascus.

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