Hana Attia

Hana Attia

Postdoc at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg

Dr. rer. pol. University of Konstanz

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I am a Postdoc at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg. I study economic coercion, foreign policy and domestic politics. I recently completed my PhD at the Graduate School of the Social and Behavioural Sciences (GSBS) at the University of Konstanz (2023). In my dissertation, I focus on economic sanctions and research when leaders use sanctions as a foreign policy tool and sources of bias in that decision. I argue that domestic constraints—an aspect that has been largely neglected in the study of sanctions—and international incentives influence leaders’ decisions to impose, manage, and terminate the coercive measures.

Before starting at the University of Salzburg, I was a Research Fellow at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA, 2018-2023). At GIGA, I was working in two projects on the termination of sanctions that were funded by the German Research Foundation. The projects resulted with the creation of the International Sanctions Termination Dataset: A large-N dataset containing information on the imposition, design, termination, and outcome of 399 international sanctions cases imposed from 1990 to 2018.

My work has been published in International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Global Security Studies, Journal of Peace Research, European Economic Review, Review of International Economics, and Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen.

I completed my BA and MA in Political Science at the University of Mannheim, focusing on international relations and quantitative methods. I was a visiting Visiting Scholar-in-Residence at the American University in Washington DC funded by Fulbright and a visiting DAAD Graduate Student at the Johns Hopkins University. When I am not doing research I am dancing, hiking, watching/playing football or visiting my family in Egypt.

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  • Economic statecraft
  • Foreign policy
  • International Political Economy
  • Domestic politics
  • Water politics in the Nile Basin
  • PhD Political Science

    2023, University of Konstanz, Germany

  • Visiting Scholar-in-Residence

    Dec 2021 - May 2022, American University, USA

  • MA Political Science

    2017, University of Mannheim, Germany

  • Visiting DAAD Graduate Student

    Aug 2015 - Jun 2016, Johns Hopkins University & School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), USA

  • BA Political Science

    2015, University of Mannheim, Germany

Recent Publications

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(2023). The Termination of International Sanctions: Actors, Processes and Consequences. In The Routledge Handbook of the Political Economy of Sanctions.

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(2023). Easier In than Out: Lessons Learned from the Termination of the Iraq Sanctions Regime. In Journal of Global Security Studies.

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(2023). Monitoring the Monitor? Selective Responses to Human Rights Transgressions. In International Studies Quarterly.

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(2022). Nur Mittel zum Zweck: Erfolgsbedingungen von Sanktionen. In Friedensgutachten.

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(2021). The Political Deadlock on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. In GIGA Focus Africa.

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(2020). The termination of international sanctions: Explaining target compliance and sender capitulation. In European Economic Review.

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(2019). Wie enden internationale Sanktionen? Zur Bedeutung von Prozessen, Beziehungen und Signalen. In Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen.

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(2019). Easier In Than Out: The Protracted Process of Ending Sanctions. In GIGA Focus Global.

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