People

Noura Chalati

Research Fellow

Phone: +49-(0)30-80307-144
Regional focus: Arab Middle East, especially Syria; GDR

Noura Chalati is a PhD candidate at Freie Universität in Berlin and a research fellow at ZMO in the “Learning Intelligence” research group. Her PhD project is about East German and Syrian intelligence relations (MfS-Mukhabarat) during the Cold War. She is a political scientist focused on International Political Sociology perspectives and the Levant (mainly Syria). She obtained her postgraduate degree in “International Relations of the Middle East” from the University of Edinburgh in 2019.

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 Noura Chalati
Noura Chalati

Positions

October 2022 - March 2023
Visiting Junior Professor at the University of Hamburg (Asien-Afrika-Institut, Abteilung für Geschichte und Kultur des Vorderen Orients)
Since 2019
Research Fellow in the Project “Learning Intelligence: The Exchange of Secret Service Knowledge between Germany and the Arab Middle East 1960 – 2010”
2016 - 2017
Student Assistant in the Projects “Muslim Worlds – World of Islam? Conceptions, Practices, and Crises of the Global” and “Habitats and Habitus. Politics and Aesthetics of Religious World-Making”

Education

Since 2019
Doctoral Candidate at Freie Universität Berlin
2017 - 2019
M.Sc. International Relations of the Middle East with Advanced Arabic, The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (with Distinction)
2018
Three-month Intensive Language Course at Qasid Arabic Institute, Amman, Jordan
2015 - 2016
Year Abroad, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lyon (Sciences Po Lyon), France
2013 - 2017
B.A. Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Awards

2013 - 2019
Scholarship from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)

Publications

2022 (with Sophia Hoffmann and Ali Dogan) “Rethinking intelligence practices and processes: three sociological concepts for the study of intelligence,” Intelligence and National Security (open access). 

2020 "Illness as Metaphor and Reality in Syria," Middle East Report 297 (Winter).

2018 “Women as the Standard-Bearers of National Identity in Rojava.” The Leviathan Journal of Politics and International Relations (Pride) 8(3): 23-24.

Outreach and Knowledge Transfer

06/2022 "Der Austausch ging in beide Richtungen," Interview mit Jannis Hagmann für das Leibniz Magazin über Interaktionen der Geheimdienste der DDR und Syriens.

04/2022 "Töten für Assad - Massenmord auf Video," Interview für Dokumentation von Report Mainz über den syrischen Militärgeheimdienst.

02/2022 "MfS und Mukhabarat,“ Interview für Podcast des Projekts Geruch der Diktatur.

12/2021 "Der Geruch des Archivs," eine Reflexion über die Archivarbeit im Stasi-Unterlagen-Archiv und Diktaturerfahrungen für das Projekt Geruch der Diktatur.

09/2021 Background Interview for Al-Jazeera documentary "The Trial of Anwar Raslan".

04/2021 "Factory of Fear," Interview for Podcast "Branch 251" on the Syrian Mukhabarat's historic ties with Nazi officers and the East German Stasi.

03/2021 Participation in Leibniz event "Book a Scientist".

Teaching

Winter Semester 2022/23 University of Hamburg, BA Middle Eastern Studies, Seminar: Geschichte und Politik Syriens im 20. Jahrhundert/ Syrian History and Politics in the 20th century.

Winter Semester 2022/23 University of Hamburg, BA Middle Eastern Studies, Seminar: Nur verstaubte Archive? Archivpolitik, Archivarbeit als Methode und arabischsprachige Quellenlektüre/ Just dusty archives? Politics of the archive, archival research as method, and working with Arabic-language sources.

Summer Semester 2022 FU Berlin, BA Political Science, Seminar: Introduction to Intelligence Studies with a focus on the Middle East (together with Ali Dogan)

Workshops and Conferences

09/2022 EISA PEC Conference, Athens, "An IPS approach to Syrian intelligence (during the Cold War)." in the section New Intelligence Studies.

07/2022 International Intelligence History Association (IIHA) Conference, Akademie für Politische Bildung Tutzing, "The Syrian Mukhabarat (& the Stasi) – Practices of Surveillance and Social Control during the Cold War."

12/2021 MESA Annual Meeting [online], "The Syrian surveillance architecture and the Stasi - Do intelligence agencies learn practices of social control from each other?"

09/2021 EISA PEC Conference, Malta [online], "The Syrian field of intelligence during the Cold War and its transnational relations." in the section The Everyday Life of Intelligence.

09/2021 DAVO Kongress, University of Osnabrück, "The Syrian Mukhabarat (& the Stasi) – Practices of Surveillance and Social Control during the Cold War."

10/2020 Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft (DVPW), Freiburg [online], "Ideology and Intelligence Relations: The case of the East German Ministry for State Security and the Syrian Mukhabarat apparatus, 1960-1990."

02/2020 Theorienworkshop der DGA-Nachwuchsgruppe, Bochum, "Theorien und Paradigmen in den Internationalen Beziehungen."

Memberships

Middle East Studies Association (MESA)

Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Vorderer Orient (DAVO)

Women's Intelligence Network (WIN)

Languages

  • German: native speaker
  • English: full fluency (C2)
  • Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic and Levantine Dialect): advanced proficiency (C1)
  • French: advanced proficiency (C1)