Noura Chalati

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

Telefon: +49-(0)30-80307-144
Regionaler Schwerpunkt: Arabische Welt, insbesondere Syrien; DDR

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


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”


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)
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


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


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


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

Chalati, Noura. 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

"Der Geruch des Archivs", eine Reflexion über die Archivarbeit im Stasi-Unterlagen-Archiv und Diktaturerfahrungen für das Projekt Geruch der Diktatur (20 December 2021).

Interview for Podcast Episode on "Branch 251": Factory of Fear about the Syrian Mukhabarat's historic ties with Nazi officers and the East German Stasi (16 April 2021).

Workshops and Conferences

MESA Annual Meeting [online], December 2nd, 2021: "The Syrian surveillance architecture and the Stasi - Do intelligence agencies learn practices of social control from each other?"

EISA PEC Conference Malta [online], September 15th, 2021: "The Syrian field of intelligence during the Cold War and its transnational relations." in the Section The Everyday Life of Intelligence - Critique, Reflexivity and Transdisciplinarity.

DAVO Kongress, University of Osnabrück, September 17th, 2021: "The Syrian Mukhabarat (& the Stasi) – Practices of Surveillance and Social Control during the Cold War."

Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft (DVPW), Freiburg [online], October 8th, 2020: "Ideology and Intelligence Relations: The case of the East German Ministry for State Security and the Syrian Mukhabarat apparatus, 1960-1990."

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


Middle East Studies Association (MESA)

Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Vorderer Orient (DAVO)

Women's Intelligence Network (WIN)