Languages: German, English, Arabic, Hebrew, Portuguese, French, Persian (basic)
Areas of Expertise: Europe-MENA relations, MEPP, Civil Society, Democratisation and Elections, Human Rights
René Wildangel was a policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) based in Berlin. Before joining ECFR in September 2019, Wildangel worked as a Middle East and North Africa (MENA) human rights expert at Amnesty International. Additionally, he was the country director of the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation’s Palestine/Jordan office in Ramallah from 2011-2015; served as an advisor on Foreign Policy in the German Bundestag and the US Congress; and as a desk officer at the German Federal Foreign Office.
Wildangel holds an MA in History, Political Science and Literature from the University of Cologne, and a PhD in Middle Eastern history from the Centre for Modern Oriental Studies (ZMO) in Berlin and the University of Cologne. He spent a year abroad at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and studied Arabic at the IFEAD in Damascus.
Views from the Capitals
ECFR’s national offices explore whether the conference marks a fresh beginning for Europe’s engagement with war-torn Libya.
Note from Berlin
René Wildangel - 22 January, 2020
Germany will need to do some serious soul-searching if it is to effectively de-escalate the Iran crisis and revive the damaged nuclear agreement.
Turmoil in the Middle East and north Africa directly affects Europeans. Yet their influence in the region has never been weaker. This project maps Europe’s role across the Middle East and north Africa, making the case that Europeans can do more to leverage their influence…
Although Germany’s mediation role in the Libyan conflict has received relatively little attention so far, this might change if its initiative leads to a peace conference – or, alternatively, a collapse of the political process.
René Wildangel - 29 October, 2019
The widely dismissed proposal can still serve a valuable purpose if it relaunches a debate on how Europe can act with long-overdue relevance in Syria.
René Wildangel - 4 October, 2019
The EU should end its acquiescence to Sisi’s policies.
When US-President Donal Trump revealed his much-awaited plan for peace for Israel and Palestine it was set to solve one of the world's longest-running conflict. But this “deal of the century” was not met with the same enthusiasm in Palestine as it was seen on…