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 is a policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) based in Berlin. Before joining ECFR in September, 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.
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 in pursuit of core interests
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 - 04 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 Trump’s and Netanyahu’s faces – to say the least. Host Mark Leonard and our MENA experts Hugh Lovatt and René Wildangel are analysing in depth the “Peace Plan” and show how little there is actually in it for the Palestinians. “The proposal clearly challenges the internationally agreed parameters,” said the EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell. But what can and should Europe do beyond statements?
Further read: From negotiation to imposition: Trump’s Israel-Palestine parameters by Hugh Lovatt
This podcast was recorded on 12 February 2020.