Bente Scheller
Director of the Heinrich Böll Foundation's Middle East office in Beirut

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. Dr. Scheller is Associate Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King's College, London.

At the Core of the War - This article is based on a talk given by Dr. Bente Scheller – Director of our Beirut office – in Munich on September 17th. Published in German on English in October 2017 

Syria’s Disappeared - First published in German in July 2017 on - Republished in English by in August 2017

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

Habitantes de Alepo en dramática situación, DW, August 2016

"Syria, Iraq and the Future of Jihad", DW, August, 2016

"Narrating War", Berlin, March 2014 ِ
Audio of the panel "Who Narrates War?" Panel with Majeda al-Saqqa and Bente Scheller
Audio of the mirror dialog "How To Narrate War? Theater Of War: Syria" with Bente Scheller and Abdulkader Al Dhon

BBC: Prospects of the Geneva Talks, Part I and II, January 2014
Radio Part 1  

Radio Part 2
Online article 

Syria's Peace Talks: A Complicated Patchwork
The Takeaway, January 23, 2014 

Podcast Syria Dispatch, Episode 7 (MP3) on January 16, 2014 

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

Die PR des Diktators. Die Zeit, 18.08.2013 
Republished in English: Winning the power of information. How Assad defines the facts.