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Aoun, Elena

Assistant Professor, ESPO


Elena Aoun is assistant professor at the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) and most of her research focuses on the Middle East. As a Lebanese political science student at the Saint-Joseph University (Beirut), she has started by writing a first Master thesis on the Lebanese civil war and the combination of domestic and foreign factors that brought about its ending at the turn of the 1980s-1990s. In the framework of a second Master thesis undertaken at the Institute of political Studies of Paris (Science Po), she worked on the Israeli security policies in the context of the Middle East peace process. Her PhD, defended also at Science Po Paris, widened the scope, tackling the involvement of the European Union in the Middle East peace process. During her post-doctoral stay at the Institute for European Studies (McGill and University of Montreal), she has pursued a research on the EU and the international criminal justice in parallel to her continued work on the Middle East. She is currently involved in projects revolving around: the many crises and conflicts in the Middle East today; the phenomenon of Jihadism and its root causes; the European Union reactions to these crises and phenomenon; the penetration of China in the Middle East; and resistance to international prescriptions in the Middle East.

DISCIPLINE
International Relations/Affairs
SUB AREAS
Arab-Israeli Conflict   
Conflict Resolution   
Foreign Relations   
Middle East/Near East Studies   
Peace Studies   
Security Studies   
Terrorism   
AREAS OF INTEREST
The Levant   
Arab States   
Palestine   
Israel   
Europe   
Iran   
SPECIALTIES
EU involvement in the Middle East   
Transnational jidhadi challenges to ME states   
China in the Middle East   
LANGUAGES
Arabic (Native)   
French (Native)   
English (Fluent)   
Italian (Elementary)   
EDUCATION
PhD2007IEP Ecole doctoraleInstitut d'├ętudes politiques de Paris

Elena Aoun






UCL Mons - ESPO
Chaussee de Binche 151
Box M1.01.01
Mons
7000
Belgium

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