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Syria Ballots or Bullets?: Democracy, Islamism, and Secularism in the Levant Paperback – March 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1885942159 ISBN-10: 188594215X
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Dr. Carsten Wieland
Born 1971 in Mannheim, southwest Germany

History, Political Science, Philosophy and International Relations at Humboldt University in Berlin (Germany), Duke University in North Carolina (USA), and Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi (India).
Arabic language studies at the University of Damascus (Syria).
Public Policy Management at Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
Dissertation on ethnic conflicts and Muslim nation-building in Bosnia and India/Pakistan.

German, English, Spanish, French, Arabic


Advisory Board Member of the Syrian Center for Political & Strategic Studies (SCPSS), Damascus

Member of the editorial board of Jahrbuch für Verfassung, Recht und Staat im islamischen Kontext, Berlin

Member of the editorial board of Papel Político, Javeriana University, Bogotá (Colombia)

Member of the European Movement Germany

Work profile

Position since May 2011: Diplomatic Service at the German Foreign Office


Associate Professor at the Rosario University in Bogotá (Colombia), call Nov. 2009

Guest professor for International Relations and Political Science at Santiago University in Cali (Colombia)

Research Fellow at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (USA)

Speaker at conferences and expert in international media interviews (e.g. ARD-Tagesthemen, Die Zeit, Spiegel-online, Deutschlandfunk, Deutschlandradio, Hessischer Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Südwestrundfunk, Deutsche Welle, Voice of America, Syria TV, Al-Hurra TV, RCN Colombia)

Author of a project on moderate Muslims in Syria and Turkey at the Center for Modern Oriental Studies (ZMO) in Berlin

Academic foci: Middle East politics and society (esp. Syria), Colombia, nationalism, ethnic conflicts, religion and secularism, peace and conflict studies, business in conflict.
Regional expertise: Middle East, South America, Balkans, South Asia.

Management and Consulting Experience

Political consultant and country representative for Colombia for the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Bogotá

Consultant and leader of a working group for the Government and the Congress of Colombia (reform of parliamentary regulations, elections and other political reforms

International election observer on invitation of the Colombian Government

Consultancy for the German Foreign Office, Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, US Institute of Peace, Freedom House

Trainee and senior executive at the Goethe Institute (Munich, Cairo, Berlin)

Political consultant for the Institute of Organizational Communication (IFOK) (Berlin, Washington D.C.)

Journalism Experience

Head of Corporate Communication & Public Affairs with the German Press Agency (DPA)

Senior sales manager professional information and public sector, business development and public affairs with DPA

Correspondent for DPA in Tel Aviv, Washington, Colombia, and political correspondent in Hannover

Freelance journalist in war-time Sarajevo (Bosnia), South Africa, and India

Author of academic and journalistic books

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