We are committed to develop reconciliation, conflict transformation and peace studies in the higher education institutions
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AARMENA Team Consists of the following Scientific Researcher:  

Scientific Director: Prof. Dr. Martin Leiner
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Prof. Dr. martin leiner
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Scientific Director of the AARMENA.  

He holds a Chair in Systematic Theology / Applied Ethics at the Faculty of Theology at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. He is also the founder and director of the Jena Center for Reconciliation Study

Executive & Research Director: Dr. Iyad Muhsen AlDajani
Research Fellow: Prof.Dr. Ciarán Burke
10. AARMENA Prof.Dr. Burke
10. AARMENA Prof.Dr. Burke
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Research Fellow

Professor Ciarán Burke is an academic, a lawyer, and a Eurocrat. Ciarán is Senior Research Fellow at the Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies at the Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany. He also works at the Internal Market Affairs Directorate of the EFTA Surveillance Authority in Brussels. He is the former Director of Research at the Law Reform Commission of Ireland, and has worked for a variety of governments, international organizations and NGOs.

Ciarán's areas of interest include various aspects of public international law, international human rights law, European Union law, comparative constitutional and private law, general principles of law, equity, Arctic regulation, migration and legal theory, as well as reconciliation studies and peace studies .

Director of Practice : Dr. Laura Villanueva
Dr. Laura Villanueva
Dr. Laura Villanueva
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Director of Practice 

  • Director of Practice in Peace, Conflict Transformation, and Reconciliation.
  • Establish a program that integrates practice into the educational process and facilitates an AARMENA community of practice.
  • Academic advisor for exchange opportunities for students available through the AARMENA network agreements with the Ph.D. program "Reconciliation, Conflict Transformation, Peace Studies" (RPS).
  • Establish sustainable partnerships between local communities and AARMENA in advancing peace and reconciliation work and joint research.
Research Associate: Dr. Luis B. Pena
Team_Dr. Luis Peña
Team_Dr. Luis Peña
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Research Associate

  • Lecturer and researcher in conflict analysis, security, and peacebuilding
  • Researcher of the Study Center for the Reconciliation of the University of Jena in Germany (JCRS)
  • Fellowship researcher of the Maria Sibylla Merian Center for Advanced Latin American Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (CALAS)
  • Lecturer and researcher at the University Externado of Colombia, IGAC Colombia, National University of Medellin Colombia, University of Jena, the FLACSO in Quito, Humboldt University in Berlin and the University of Leipzig in Germany
  • Founding member of the network of Critical Geography Rooted in Latin American -GEORAIZAL
Research Associate: Dr. Davide Tacchini
Davide Tacchini
Davide Tacchini
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Research Associates

  • Research Fellow and Project Coordinator at the Friedrich Schiller University (Jena Center For Reconciliation Studies) Jena, Germany.
  • Visiting Professor of Arabic Language and Literature at the University of Parma (DUSIC Dipartimento di Discipline Umanistiche, Sociali e delle Imprese), Parma Italy,
  • Cultore della Materia  in Islamic Studies and The Catholic University, Milan. (Ph.D. Candidates Supervision, MA Theses reviews).
  • Radical Islam: Sayyid Qutb and the role of his thought and personal story in contemporary Islamism, Radical Muslim Views of Christianity: the Muslim View of St. Paul.
  • Islam in the West / Islam in Europe / Christian-Muslim Relations / Islamic Reformation ( Islāh, Tajdīd ) in the thought of contemporary Muslim thinkers (Tareq Oubrou, Tāriq Ramadān, 'Abdullahi Ahmad An-Na'īm, Abdolkarim Soroush, Mohammed Ābid al -Jābirī). Italian Islam and the Catholic Church.
Research Associate: Dr. Francesco Ferrari
Dr. Francesco Ferrari
Dr. Francesco Ferrari
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Research Associate 

  • Coordinator, Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies (JCRS)
  • Coordinator, Graduate Program "Religion-Conflict-Reconciliation" (RCR)
  • Coordinator, DFG Project “Hearts of Flesh - not Stone”
  • Post-Doc Research Fellow, Chair for Systematic Theology and Ethics
Doctoral Program Assistant
zinat Hassan
zinat Hassan
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Mrs. Zinat HASSAN Ph.D. candidate

Research Interest:

A Political Reconciliation Process into Taif Agreement: The Case of Lebanon.



  • Zinat Ahmed Hassan holds a master's degree in Conflict Management and Humanitarian Action from the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies.
  • Administrative Program Coordinator for three master's programs at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies.
  • Research Assistant in the Islam and Global Affairs Program at Hamad Bin Khalifa University.
  • Interested in studying the "Taif Agreement" and the obstacles that prevented real reconciliation and actual and sustainable peace between the Lebanese sects.
  • Participated in “Forced migration in the Arab countries: problems and issues” conference held by The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in November 30 & December 1, 2019 “Challenges of the return of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and prospects for integration”
  • Participated in International Conference Governance of public policies during and after conflicts in the Middle East Regional held by Doha Institute For Graduate Studies in April 4th - 6th, 2021 “Geopolitical Conflict and the Fragile State - The Penetrated State of Lebanese Sovereignty”.
Research Assistant
ednah kang'ee
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Mrs Ednah Kangee

  • Researcher, Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies (JCRS)
  • Research Associate. Academic Alliance for Reconciliation in the Middle East and North Africa project (AARMENA).
  • Research Topic: “The Role of Political Parties in Electoral Violence in Africa. Is there an Opportunity for Reconciliation? A Case Study of Kenya and Ghana. "



  • 2021 - Ph.D Candidate in Political Science - Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies, Friedrich Schiller University Jena.
  • 2015 - 2016 Fellow - Institute for Global Engagement - Center for Women Faith and Leadership - Washington DC - USA.
  • 2013 - Masters in Armed Conflict and Peace Studies -University of Nairobi
    Research Title: “Land Conflicts in Taita Taveta County 1963-2010”.
  • 2008 - Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration - University of Nairobi.

Research Interest

  • Conflict transformation, reconciliation and peace building
  • Democratization process in Africa
  • Development cooperation
  • governance
  • Restorative and Transitional Justice
  • Religion and Global Development
  • Women, Peace, and Security
Ph.D. Candidates
rawan tahboub
rawan tahboub
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Ms. Rawan Tahboub Ph.D. candidate 

Research Interest: Virtual Exchange as a Mechanism for Digital Education in Reconciliation Process -Transdisciplinary Research

  • Leading the Arabic Erasmus + virtual exchange courses (development and managing)
  • Assisting in the implementation of other Erasmus + Virtual Exchange courses
  • Experienced facilitator and coaching in academic research
  • Managing partners and initiating new partnerships among HEI's and non HEI's in the MENA region