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Dr Kevin Koehler

Research Associate

koehlerDepartment of War Studies

Room K7.05

Strand, London WC2R 2LS


Areas of Research

  • Middle Eastern politics
  • Authoritarianism and regime change
  • Political-military relations
  • Party-building and elections in transitional settings


Kevin Koehler is a Research Associate at the Department of War Studies, working in an ERC-funded project on the international politics of authoritarian rule directed by Dr Tansey. Kevin received his PhD from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence in September 2013 and also holds a MRes from the EUI and a masters degree from the University of Tuebingen in Germany. His current research focuses on political-military relations in the Middle East and North Africa before and after the recent uprisings, as well as on the reconfiguartion of political regimes after the Arab Spring with a special emphasis on party building and electoral politics. 


  • `The 2011 Elections in Tunisia: Institutionalizing Uncertainty?,' (with JanaWarkotsch) in Khalil al-Anani and Mahmoud Hamad (eds.): Elections and Democratization in the Middle East, (Basingstroke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming in 2014).  
  • `Zwischen Revolution und Religion: Die Parlamentswahlen und das entstehende Parteiensystem in Ägypten' [Between Revolution and Religion: Parliamentary Elections and the Emerging Party System in Egypt], in: Holger Albrecht and Thomas Demmelhuber (eds.): Revolution und Regimewandel in Ägypten, (Baden-Baden: Nomos), pp. 87-109 (in German, 2013).
  • `Zwischen Staatszerfall und Bürgerkrieg: Der Jemen im arabischen Frühling' [Between Failed State and Civil War: Yemen in the Arab Spring], in: Der Bürger im Staat, Vol. 1-2/2012, pp. 48-55 (in German, 2012).
  • `Konzeptualisierungsstrategien, Regimetypologien und das Problem des Kontinuums' [Strategies of Conceptualization, Regime Typologies, and the Continuum Problem], (with Jana Warkotsch) in: Holger Albrecht and Rolf Frankenberger (eds.): Autoritarismus Reloaded, (Baden-Baden: Nomos), pp. 61-77 (in German, 2010).
  • ‘Yemen’de Siyasal İslam’ [Political Islam in Yemen], in: Ayşegül Komsuoğlu and Gül M. Kortuoğlu Eskişar (eds.): Siyasal Islam’ın Farklı Yüzleri, (Istanbul: Profil), pp. 55-75, (in Turkish, translation by Iris Müller).
  • `Dimensionen des politischen Islam im Vorderen Orient' [Dimensions of Political Islam in the Middle East], (with Holger Albrecht) in: Holger Albrecht and Kevin Koehler (eds.): Politischer Islam im Vorderen Orient: Zwischen Sozialbewegung, Opposition und Widerstand, (Baden-Baden: Nomos), pp. 11-30 (in German, 2008).
  • `Staat, Staemme und politischer Islam im Jemen: Die Islah Partei zwischen Regime und Opposition' [The State, Tribes, and Political Islam in Yemen: The Islah Party Between Regime and Opposition], in: Holger Albrecht and Kevin Koehler (eds.): Politischer Islam im Vorderen Orient: Zwischen Sozialbewegung, Opposition und Widerstand, (Baden-Baden: Nomos), pp. 165-182 (in German, 2008).
  • `Authoritarian Elections in Egypt: Formal Institutions and Informal Mechanisms of Rule,' in: Democratization, Vol. 15, No. 5, pp. 974-990 (2008).
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