Katrin Sold

Associate Fellow, Franco-German Relations Program

Areas of Expertise

  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Transformation processes in North Africa
  • European policy toward the Mediterranean and North Africa
  • Economic policy, welfare policy, and labor market policy in the Maghreb States


French, English


Email: sold@af.dgap.org

Katrin Sold is a research associate at the Center for Near and Middle EAstern Studies (CNMS) at Philipps Universität Marburg. She was a program officer in the DGAP's Franco-German Relations Program from 2009 to 2014. She has also been a visiting scholar at the Centre de Recherche sur l’Afrique et la Méditerranée (CERAM) in Rabat, Morocco as well as at the Institut de recherche sur le Maghreb contemporain (IRMC) in Tunis, Tunisia.

She earned her doctorate with a study of the North African middle class and its role in the political and socio-economic processes of transformation underway the region, focussing on young start-up entrepreneurs in Tunisia and Morocco. Her areas of research include transformation processes in North Africa, economic policy, welfare policy, and labor-market policies in the Maghreb states and, more broadly, Euro-Mediterranean relations.

Katrin Sold studied political science and literature at the Humboldt Universität in Berlin and at the Institute d'Études Politiques in Toulouse. She is a co-editor of the online journals META: Middle East Topics and Arguments as well as the publication series "MENA direkt," which has a focus on developments in the Middle East and North Africa.


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Selected Publications

Return of the absent
Tunisians in Europe facing political transition
by Claire Demesmay, Sabine Ruß-Sattar, Katrin Sold
Revue des mondes musulmans et de la Méditerranée 144, November 2018, pp. 191-210
This article explores the impact of the events of 2011 in North Africa (MENA) on Arab diasporas. This exploratory case study of the Tunisian expatriate communities in the immediate aftermath of the turmoil maps the changes in their associative networks and activities in France, Italy and Germany – the three principal European destinations for Tunisian migrants.
Category: Migration, Tunisia
Power Struggle in Tunisia
Islamists and secularists wrestle over the new constitution while citizens protest political violence
by Katrin Sold
Five Questions, July 29, 2013
Power Struggle in Tunisia
Tunesia, cradle of the Arab Spring, remains unsettled. While politicians debate the role of religion in the constitution, the population is venting its discontent over vulnerable social conditions, creeping Islamization, and political violence. The July murder of Mohamed Brahmi, the second prominent opposition politician to die this year, has led to new demonstrations against the regime. The government’s future depends on how vehemently the call for change is articulated on the street.
Category: Government and Society, Democratization/System Change, Near and Middle East/North Africa
France Presses Ahead With International Operation in Mali
The country walks a fine line between security interests and a colonial past
by Katrin Sold
Five Questions, November 19, 2012
France Presses Ahead With International Operation in Mali
Islamist rebels have brought northern Mali under their control. The country threatens to become a retreat for terrorist, and thousands of people are on the run. France has traditionally cultivated close relations to West African states and is now campaigning for an international intervention in Mali. However, French President Francois Hollande cannot afford the type of military engagement his predecessor pursued in Libya. Five questions for DGAP expert Katrin Sold.
Category: Security, Africa, Mali, France, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Crossing Borders
Rethinking the European Union’s Neighborhood Policies
by Almut Möller, Cornelius Adebahr, Claire Demesmay, Carsten Främke, Lucas Lypp, Marie-Lena May, Stefan Meister, Katrin Sold, Marek Souček, Ulrike Stern, Marcel Viëtor, Natasha Wunsch
DGAPanalyse 2, August 18, 2011, 100 pp.
Crossing Borders
The debt crisis calls for the EU’s full attention – and threatens to supplant the fact that urgent action is needed on Europe’s periphery. The revolutions in North Africa demand answers; further EU enlargement needs to be planned and implemented. There are many common topics that link the European Union and its neighbors, from energy to migration. Thus, cross-border space must be created in which EU policies on a range of topics can be further developed
Category: European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), Eastern Partnership, European Union, Europe, Eastern Europe
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