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Dr. Bente Scheller

February 6, 2014
Dr. Bente Scheller became the director of the Heinrich Böll Foundation's Middle East office in Beirut in 2012, a position she took after directing the foundation's Afghanistan office in Kabul between 2008 and 2012. She holds a doctorate in political science at Freie Universität Berlin and specializes in Foreign and Security Policy. From 2002 to 2004 she worked at the German Embassy in Damascus, Syria. Later she took over the Berlin Aspen Institute's Syria program.

In November 2013, her book "The Wisdom of Syria's Waiting Game. Foreign Policy under the Assad" has been published in London.

Dr. Scheller is a frequent commentator on current affairs in the region in newspapers and radio, among others BBC, Die Zeit, taz and The European. She is blogging at Heinrich von Arabien 

BBC: Prospects of the Geneva Talks, Part I and II, January 2014
Radio Part 1 - https://soundcloud.com/stuart-hughes-5/prospects-for-geneva-2-part-1
Radio Part 2 - https://soundcloud.com/stuart-hughes-5/prospects-for-geneva-2-part-2
Online article - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-25755987

Syria's Peace Talks: A Complicated Patchwork
The Takeaway, January 23, 2014 (MP3): http://www.thetakeaway.org/story/syria-peace-talks-assad-isis-free-syrian-army/

Podcast Syria Dispatch, Episode 7 (MP3) on January 16, 2014
http://www.syriantaskforce.org/media/com_podcastmanager/syriadispatchepisode7.mp3

Die Rehabilitation Assads, 29.12.2013 taz
Republished in English by Qantara.de as The Rehabilitation of Assad, and in Arabic by al-Sharq al-Awast 

Die PR des Diktators. Die Zeit, 18.08.2013
http://www.zeit.de/2013/33/assad-dschihadisten-propaganda
Republished in English: Winning the power of information. How Assad defines the facts. 

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