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Jan Busse

Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in Global Politics and Conflict Studies
Bundeswehr University Munich

Dr. Jan Busse is senior research fellow and lecturer in Global Politics and Conflict Studies of the Bundeswehr University Munich. Previously he was researcher at the Middle East and Africa Division of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik) in Berlin, which is Europe’s largest foreign policy think tank. He has also worked in the cabinet of the president of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso in Brussels.

Biography

Since September 2014 Jan Busse is senior research fellow and lecturer in Global Politics and Conflict Studies at the Bundeswehr University Munich.

In June 2017 he was appointed a member of the Arab German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (www.agya.info) at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences.

In May 2016 he obtained his PhD degree at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Public Affairs of the Bundeswehr University Munich.

From January 2013 until May 2014, Jan Busse worked as research fellow at the Middle East and Africa Division of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik) in Berlin, and between 2010 to 2012 as research assistant.

In 2009 he was trainee in the cabinet of the president of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso in Brussels working on EU foreign policy.

As part of his research he carried out field work in Palestine and Israel while being a visiting fellow of the Democracy and Human Rights Program at Birzeit University, Palestine.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Jan Busse’s research focuses on historic and international political sociologies of IR, and, in particular, on Foucauldian post-structuralism and (de-) constructionist theories of global order(ing). His regional focus lies on societal and political dynamics in the Middle East and North Africa.

    In his PhD thesis, he worked on patterns of world-societal order and governmentality in Palestine/Israel.

    Currently, his research addresses the role of border(ing) spaces for the regional and world-societal order of the Middle East.

    Second, he works on how mechanisms of diffusion and decoupling have contributed to the arrival of Modernity in the Middle East.

    Third, he works on a project that wants to make a contribution to the Area-Studies-Controversy by dealing with the politics of space in world society.

Personal Interests

    He connects his passion for football with his interest in the Middle East and North Africa by doing research on the political impact of football in the context of globalization. In this regard, he focuses on the role of the Ultras during the uprisings in Egypt since 2011.

Websites

Books

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Articles

 The Multidimensionality of Regions in World Politics, Edited By Paul J. Kohlenberg, Nadine Godehardt

The historical and social embeddedness of the post-Ottoman space in world society


Published: Mar 10, 2021 by The Multidimensionality of Regions in World Politics, Edited By Paul J. Kohlenberg, Nadine Godehardt
Authors: Jan Busse

Situated at the intersection of Historic and International Political Sociologies of IR, Critical Geopolitics and Middle East Studies, this chapter presents an innovative argument for the purpose of de-essentialising the many (overlapping) narratives of the Middle East in academia — and possibly beyond. For this purpose, Busse introduces the label “post-Ottoman space” as being derived from socially constructed processes of bordering and ordering.

Mediterranean Politics

MENA political science research a decade after the Arab uprisings: Facing the facts on tremulous grounds


Published: Mar 10, 2021 by Mediterranean Politics
Authors: André Bank & Jan Busse
Subjects: Political Science, Middle East Studies, Area Studies

This introductory article to the Special Issue MENA Political Science Research a Decade after the Arab Uprisings: Facing the Facts on Tremulous Grounds takes stock of MENA political science research a decade after the Arab uprisings.

Modern Subjectivities in World Society: Global Structures and Local Practices

The Everyday Production of Modern Subjectivity in World Society: Global Structures meet Local Practices in Palestine


Published: Jan 18, 2019 by Modern Subjectivities in World Society: Global Structures and Local Practices
Authors: Jan Busse

On the one hand, this chapter it attempts to draw attention to the role of the modern individual in the constitution of world (societal) order. On the other hand, it aims to show that modern subjectivity can be observed in diverse political contexts in world society.

Global Affairs

Germany and the Israeli Occupation: The Interplay of International Commitments and Domestic Dynamics


Published: Aug 16, 2018 by Global Affairs
Authors: Jan Busse
Subjects: Middle East Studies

Over time, Germany’s stance towards the Israeli occupation settlement construction has become more critical. This article will show that one reason for this shift lies in a widening gap between German public opinion and government policies. Accordingly, while the German population has become more critical towards the occupation over time, the German government has only responded to this trend with certain delay.

SWP Comments

The End of a Two-State Settlement?


Published: Apr 15, 2017 by SWP Comments
Authors: Muriel Asseburg & Jan Busse
Subjects: Middle East Studies

On the occasion of their joint government consultations in February 2016, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed that this was not the time for making major progress in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, given the instability in the Middle East. However, merely adhering to a two-state settlement as a mantra without taking any concrete steps to implement it effectively reinforces the one-state reality under Israeli dominance.

International Political Sociology

The Biopolitics of Statistics and Census in Palestine


Published: Mar 11, 2015 by International Political Sociology
Authors: Jan Busse
Subjects: Middle East Studies

This article addresses the importance of statistics for governing populations in the context of Palestine. On the basis of Michel Foucault's understanding of governmentality, I argue that social statistics represent crucial biopolitical technologies of governmentality. While statistical knowledge as a modern phenomenon originated in Western Europe in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the case of Palestine clearly shows the importance of modern statistics beyond the OECD world.

Middle East Critique

Theorizing Governance as Globalized Governmentality


Published: Feb 19, 2015 by Middle East Critique
Authors: Jan Busse
Subjects: Middle East Studies

This article conceptualizes governmentality as a globally diffused pattern of political ordering in world society. This global diffusion of governmentality, however, cannot be equated with global homogenization, because decoupling dynamics can lead to significant differences between a global norm and how it is translated into a local context. On this basis, I will analyze the contribution of governmentality to the establishment of political order in Palestine.