Since April 2020, Jessica Noll has headed the project “Research and Knowledge Transfer Hub Security Sector Reform (SSR Hub)”. She works as a consultant for security sector reform and governance. The project is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office (FFO). Between 2020 and 2023, Jessica Noll was seconded on a long-term basis to the FFO’s stabilisation unit. She is a PhD candidate at Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg and is writing her thesis on the military’s influence on the Egyptian state and society. Before joining the IFSH, she worked as a researcher and consultant for the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP), Transparency International Defence and Security, and the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). She was also a visiting research fellow in Washington, DC at the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), an organisation that examines how genuine democracies can develop in the Middle East. She studied in Egypt from 2009-2010, in 2011 and in 2014.

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In her academic research and policy work, Jessica Noll focuses on civil-military relations and international cooperation with countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Specifically, she studies the armed forces’ political and economic power in Egypt. She has also conducted research on corruption as a survival strategy of the Egyptian regime and examined the role of international donors in the field of anti-corruption. In addition, she has studied Arab military cooperation over the course of the war in Yemen.

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