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Supporting plausible acts of genocide: Red lines and the failure of German Middle Eastern Studies

POMEPS (2024): Schuetze discusses the criminalisation of Palestinian identity and Palestine solidarity, red lines faced by Germany-based scholars of Middle Eastern politics, and their role in upholding images of German redemption, innocence and moral authority, while also facilitating support for plausible acts of genocide.
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Facilitating energy flows, containing humans: Authoritarian energy transitions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region

TNI (2024): In this longread, Schuetze, El Khazen, Mueller & Wagner explore how, portrayed as a ‘green revolution’, European investments in renewables extract energy and profits, while bypassing local communities, strengthening authoritarian governments, increasing indebtedness and privatising economies.

‘Seizing the Moment’: Arab-Israeli normalization, infrastructure as a means to bypass politics and the promotion of an Israeli-Jordanian transit trade-route

Geopolitics (2024): Schuetze analyzes efforts at Arab-Israeli normalisation in Jordan. Exploring what happens when trade routes stop, the article offers an empirically-grounded discussion of attempts at normalisation via infrastructure as a means to bypass politics.

Follow the Grid, Follow the Violence: The Project for a Transregional Mediterranean Electricity Ring

Middle East Critique (2023): Schuetze investigates how violence and exclusion are embedded within the Mediterranean electricity ring project, revealing how local violence connects with transregional electricity flows. His analysis exposes the project's dual nature: promoting sustainable energy integration while also reinforcing Eurocentric exclusion and colonial violence against Arab populations and Mediterranean refugees.

While delivery platforms are booming, migrant workers go on strike

dis:orient (2023): Elia El Khazen writes about Lebanese delivery workers striking against Toters, exposing systemic exploitation under the Kafala system while building resistance through mutual aid networks and ongoing protests.
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The geopolitical economy of an undermined energy transition: The case of Jordan

Energy Policy (2023): In this article, Schuetze & Hussein argue that Jordanian efforts at energy transition have increasingly been undermined since 2019, reinforcing both authoritarian practices and dependence on fossil fuels and Israel.
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Authoritarian power and contestation beyond the state

Globalizations (2023): The introduction to the special issue focuses on authoritarian practices and their spatial and temporal articulations in (1) transregional infrastructures, (2) global processes of capital accumulation and (3) nature-society relations.
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Prefiguring politics: transregional energy infrastructures as a lens for the study of authoritarian practices

Globalizations (2023): This article by Jenss & Schuetze explores what role transregional authoritarian practices in energy infrastructure expansion play for the limitation of opportunities for contestation and how they prefigure politics.
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Infrastructuring Authoritarian Power: Arab Gulf-Chinese Transregional Collaboration beyond the State

International Quarterly for Asian Studies (2022): Through the prism of logistics and infrastructure, Gurol & Schuetze explore Arab Gulf-Chinese authoritarian entanglements in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Socio-Economic Effects of Solar Energy in the Middle East and North Africa

Friedrich Ebert Foundation (2021): This report insists on the deeply political nature of any (effort at) energy transition. It provides an overview over select literature on the topic and discusses how solar energy projects connect with existing authoritarian and/or democratic practices.