Dina Fakoussa

Head of Program, Middle East and North Africa Program

Areas of Expertise

  • Regional dynamics
  • Egypt
  • Germany’s policies toward the MENA region
  • European Neighborhood Policy


English, Arabic, French


Phone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-30
Email: fakoussa@dgap.org

Please note that we are currently unable to take in interns at the Middle East and North Africa Programm.

Dina Fakoussa has been head of the Middle East and North Africa Program, formerly the EU-Middle East Forum, since March 2011.

She previously worked as a program and project manager on issues regarding democratization, human rights, civil conflict resolution, and strengthening civil society, and culture in the Arab region.

Fakoussa was head of programs at the Böll Stiftung in Lebanon, among other positions, and was active with other German NGOs and development institutions in Jordan and Egypt, where she planned conferences, training workshops, and publications on the aforementioned topics in addition to building up networks for political and social actors. She also wrote analyses of current political and economic developments in the Arab region.

A German-Egyptian, Fakoussa studied political science at the Frei Universität Berlin and American University in Cairo. She holds a Diplom in political science and a BA in political science and economics.


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Selected Publications

Socio-Economic Challenges and Jordan’s Foreign Policy: Employment, Trade, and International Cooperations
Perspectives from the Region and Europe
by Dina Fakoussa, Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid
Grievances have been growing over Jordan’s socio-economic and political problems. In June 2018, former Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki was forced to resign after protests swept the country. Jordan’s socio-economic challenges are further augmented by its challenging neighborhood. Given the strategic importance of Jordan, it is in the EU’s own interest to support Jordan and ensure that the socio-economic issues and various regional challenges do not lead to a (further) destabilization of the country.
Socio-Economic Development and Violent Extremism in Morocco: Morocco’s Regional Policy, Migration and (De-)Radicalization
Perspectives from the Region and Europe
by Dina Fakoussa, Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid
In response to recent destabilization posed by violent extremist groups, Morocco has pursued a highly security-based approach. Though successful, ongoing socio-economic challenges fuel radicalization. Due to this, some demand the government prioritize greater domestic engagement instead of regional investment and economic integration in Sub-Saharan Africa. These authors analyze Morocco’s strategy to prevent and counter violent extremism, and assess the implications of recent regional policies.
Category: Morocco
Tunisia’s Fragile Democracy: Decentralization, Institution-Building and the Development of Marginalized Regions
Perspectives from the Region and Europe
by Dina Fakoussa, Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid
Although Tunisia has made great strides over the past seven years, its democratization process remains fragile. Disillusionment with and distrust in the government, particularly high among the young, also manifest themselves in low voter turnout. To a great extent, this disillusionment stems from the various, persistent socio-economic problems which had led to the uprisings and the ouster of the former autocratic regime in 2011.
Germany in the Mediterranean - Between Sincere Engagement, Impotence, and a Normative Paradox
Dossier: Europe and the Mediterranean
by Dina Fakoussa
IEMed. Mediterranean Yearbook 2018, pp. 137-140
The Mediterranean was catapulted to the forefront of German foreign policy because of the uprisings in 2011. At first, euphoria characterized Germany’s standpoint. Today the region is in disarray. The German stand was altered accordingly but its engagement continues and was raised considerably. Despite intense engagement, several constraints prevent a visible German hallmark at the macro-political level, and Germany remains vulnerable to criticism because of a normative contradiction in its policy.
Category: German Foreign Policy, Mediterranean Sea/Mediterranean area
Socio-Economic Challenges in Morocco: Migration, Education, and Employment
Perspectives from the Region and Europe
by Dina Fakoussa, Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid
Socio-economic deprivation is posing a vital threat to Morocco’s elusive peace by fueling radicalization and irregular migration. To safeguard the country’s development and stability, comprehensive policies are essential to address challenges in the mutually reinforcing areas of migration, education, and employment. Education level is alarmingly high, and knowledge taught at schools do not match the needs of the labor market. This volume provides recommendations both for the Moroccan government and the EU.
Political Transition in Tunisia Despite Everything
by Dina Fakoussa
Elite consensus and power sharing during times of division and polarisation are core characteristics of the Tunisian democratic path that have proved immensely valuable. For this reason, the Tunisian experience is rightly applauded internationally.
Category: Tunisia
Foreign Policy and the Next German Government
Experts from the German Council on Foreign Relations offer case studies
by Josef Braml, Claire Demesmay, Dina Fakoussa, Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Wilfried Jilge, Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid, Stefan Meister, Christian Mölling, Jana Puglierin, Henning Riecke, Claudia Schmucker, Daniela Schwarzer, Svenja Sinjen, Sebastian Sons, Sarah Wohlfeld
DGAPkompakt 7, Summer 2017, 42 pp.
Foreign Policy and the Next German Government
A new German government will take office after the elections on September 24, 2017. DGAP experts outline in 12 separate areas the foreign policy goals Germany should pursue (and with which partners).
Category: International Policy/Relations, Germany
New Faces, New Publications
EUMEF alumni papers on citizenship and political participation in the Mediterranean Region
by Dina Fakoussa
New Faces Conference Papers (see links below), 2014, 8-to-12 pp. Authors: Amal Dib and AbdelGhany Sayed, Christos Iliadis, Félix Tréguer
New Faces, New Publications
Showcasing a new 
generation of academics, journalists, and professionals active in the EU and its Mediterranean 
neighborhood, these papers began as presentations at conferences hosted by the DGAP’s EU-Middle 
East Forum (EUMEF). We offer here cross-section: Amal Dib and AbdelGhany Sayed on the Egyptian media scene 2012–13; Christos Iliadis on the citizenship debate in Greece; and Félix Tréguer on “Internet-based insurgent citizenship.”
Category: Government and Society, Europe, North Africa
Report on the 15th New Faces Conference, Cairo, 2012
Transitions in Egypt and Tunisia: Through the prism of gender equality
by Dina Fakoussa
DGAPreport 22, December 2012, 36 pp.
Report on the 15th New Faces Conference, Cairo, 2012
Although women were at the forefront of the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, political representation and gender equality have yet to improve significantly in either country. The 15th New Faces Conference brought together 17 young professionals from academia and civil society to discuss these issues together with senior experts. The conference focused on strategies to enhance gender equality and women’s political participation in post-revolution countries.
Category: Near and Middle East/North Africa
Report on the 15th International Summer School, Berlin, 2011
Democracy and Security Revisited: Transformations in Egypt and Tunisia and EU Re-(Dis-) Orientation
by Christian Achrainer, Dina Fakoussa
DGAPreport 21, December 2012, 60 pp.
Report on the 15th International Summer School, Berlin, 2011
The historic revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia have been received with very mixed feelings in the West, and understanding the drastic changes facing the two countries will require dialogue and mutual support. The DGAP’s 15th International Summer School offered a platform for debate and exchange among 28 young potential policy makers from North Africa and Europe, addressing some of the most crucial issues currently facing Egypt, Tunisia, and the EU.
Category: Near and Middle East/North Africa