Ali Dogan

Research Fellow

Phone: +49-(0)30-80307-144

Ali Dogan is a research fellow at the ZMO and is writing his doctoral thesis on the work of the German Federal Intelligence Service and the Iraqi intelligence services from 1969-1990 at the Otto Suhr Institute (FU Berlin). Prior to this, he worked as a consultant for the German-Saudi Arabian Liaison Office for Economic Affairs (incl. Bahrain & Jemen). In his function he advised the DIHK, the BMWi and various delegations from the business community and participated in regional conferences. He received his B.A. in Near and Middle Eastern Studies (LMU Munich), his first M.A. in the "German and Turkish Masters Program in Social Sciences" (METU Ankara, HU Berlin - supported by the AA and DAAD) and his second M.A. in Peace and Security Studies (IFSH, University of Hamburg). Besides his native languages German and Turkish, he speaks English, French, Arabic and has basic knowledge of Hebrew.

 Ali Dogan
Ali Dogan


Since 2019
Research Fellow at ZMO Project: ‘Learning Intelligence: The Exchange of Secret Service Knowledge between Germany and the Arab Middle East 1960 – 2010’
2018 - 2019
Consultant – German-Saudi Arabian Liaison Office for Economic Affairs (incl. Bahrain & Jemen)


Since 2019
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Freie-Universität Berlin, Otto-Suhr-Institut für Politikwissenschaft
2017 - 2018
Master of Arts: Peace and Security Studies (University of Hamburg, IFSH)
2015 - 2017
Master of Arts (Dual Degree) German and Turkish Masters Program in Social Sciences (Middle East Technical University in Ankara, until 2016) (Humboldt University in Berlin, until 2017)
2012 - 2015
Bachelor of Arts Studies of the Near and Middle East (Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich)


12/2021Saddam's Mukhabarat in West Germany: Monitoring and Silencing the Iraqi Opposition”, Wilson Center, Washington D.C.

07/2021 "West Germany's Secret Back Channel to Iraq", Wilson Center, Washington D.C.

03/2021Saudi Arabia’s Neom Diplomacy”, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Carnegie-Sada, Washington D.C.


  • German
  • Turkish
  • English
  • Arabic
  • French
  • Hebrew


DMG Travel Grant
02/2018 - 05/2018
HamburGlobal Scholarship
Scholarship „Verein zur Förderung des Instituts für Friedensforschung e.V.“ (VFIF)
10/2016 - 09/2017
DAAD Scholarship


12/2021 MESA, Montreal [online], “No limits for the Mukhabarat? Iraq’s methods of repression in Europe during the Cold War.”

10/2021 DAVO, Osnabrück, „The Ba’ath Party’s transnational hand of the revolution – Iraq’s intelligence operations in Europe during the Cold War”

10/2020 DVPW, Freiburg [online], “Intelligence Agencies and Transnationalization of Raison d’état. A Critical Realist Perspective”                                          

10/2020 MESA, Washington D.C. [online], “Policing Measures on Iraqi Kurds during the Iran Iraq War 1980-1988”


  • Middle East Studies Association (MESA)
  • Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Vorderer Orient (DAVO)


Theory Workshop of the Young Scholars Group "Asia Studies", IR Theories and Paradigms, 31.01.- 02.02.2020