Dr. Rana Deep Islam works as a project manager at Stiftung Mercator, one of the largest private foundations in Germany. He primarily covers its European activities. Dr. Islam holds an MA from the College of Europe in Bruges and a PhD from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. Before joining Stiftung Mercator, he worked at the School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, the European Parliament in Brussels, and the headquarters of the Social Democratic Party of Germany in Berlin. In his PhD studies, Dr. Islam compared the Middle East politics of the EU and Turkey. He was a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow in May and June 2011.
During his studies he published frequently in academic journals and media. His latest publications are Herausforderung Nahost – Die Außenpolitik der EU und der Türkei im Vergleich (with a preface by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier) and Sozial – Global – Friedlich? a monograph on social democratic principles in foreign policy.