Daten zum Projekt

Global autocratic collaboration in times of COVID-19: Game changer or business as usual in Sino-Gulf relations?

Initiative: Corona Crisis and Beyond – Perspectives for Science, Scholarship and Society (beendet)
Bewilligung: 10.12.2020
Laufzeit: 1 Jahr 6 Monate


There is strong empirical evidence that COVID-19 acts as a booster for processes of global autocratization in which autocratic protagonists present themselves as role models that are more effective in fighting the pandemic than the 'liberal script' of Western societies. This is particularly observable in Sino-Gulf relations that challenges Europe's and Germany's international alliances and partnerships. This project aims at explaining these corridors of autocratic collaboration and at formulating clear-cut policy recommendations how to navigate EU/German relations with the Gulf and China in times of the global pandemic.


  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Demmelhuber

    Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
    Institut für Politische Wissenschaft
    Lehrstuhl für Politik und Gesellschaft
    des Nahen Ostens

  • Tobias Zumbrägel

    CARPO - Center for Applied Research in
    Partnership with the Orient

  • Dr. Julia Gurol-Haller

    Universität Freiburg
    Seminar für Wissenschaftliche Politik
    Politikwissenschaft mit dem Schwerpunkt
    Internationale Beziehungen