Jasmin Lorch

E-Mail: j.lorch[at]


Short Biography

Since 11/2013: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies, (Postdoctoral Researcher) in the project „Civil Society Organizations as Supporters of Authoritarian Rule? A Cross-Regional Comparison (Vietnam, Algeria, Mozambique)"

12/2012-12/2013: Research Associate of Project D1 „Conditions for the Success of Transnational Partnerships for Development: From Transnational Cooperation to Local Implementation in Areas of Limited Statehood (South Asia and East Africa)“, Collaborative Research Center (SFB- Sonderforschungsbereich) 700 “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood” and Associate of the Research Division Global Issues of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs ( SWP - Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik), Berlin

01/2008-11/2012: Visiting Fellow at the Research Division Asia of SWP; Publication of one SWP Research Paper and several SWP Comments, thorough experience in the field of political consultancy, various consultancies for political decision makers and numerous interviews with the press

Since 11/2009: Associated Scholar of the interdisciplinary project “Southeast Asian Studies. Grounding Area Studies in Social Practice” at the University of Freiburg, financed by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

Since 2006: Consultant for various state and non-state development agencies; particularly on Burma/Myanmar

Education: Studies of Political Science at Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin; M.A. (Diplom); Doctoral fellowship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (04/2007-03/2011); Doctoral fellowship of the Forum Ebenhausen e.V. (04/2011-02/2012); Doctoral student at the University of Freiburg (Department of Political Science); dissertation "Mirror Images of Weak States: Civil Societies in Bangladesh and the Philippines" (04/2007 – 09/2013)

Publications (Selection)

Lorch, Jasmin (2014), Elections in Bangladesh: Political Conflict and the Problem of Credibility, in: E-International Relations

Lorch, Jasmin (2014), Aktuelle Entwicklungen und Aussicht: Perspektiven und Widersprüche des myanmarischen Reformprozesses, in: Ute Köster / Phuong Le Trong / Christina Grein (eds.), Handbuch Myanmar. Gesellschaft, Politik, Wirtschaft, Kultur, Entwicklung, Leck: Horlemann, 419-439

Lorch, Jasmin / Janetschek, Hannah (2014), Mastans in Bangladesh, in: Marianne Beisheim / Andrea Liese (eds.), Transnational Partnerships. Effectively Providing for Sustainable Development? Governance and Limited Statehood Series, Edited by Thomas Risse and Ursula Lehmkuhl, Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 138-139

Beisheim, Marianne / Liese, Andrea / Lorch, Jasmin (2014), Introduction, in: Marianne Beisheim / Andrea Liese (eds.), Transnational Partnerships: Effectively Providing for Sustainable Development? Governance and Limited Statehood Series, Edited by Thomas Risse and Ursula Lehmkuhl, Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 3-16

Lorch, Jasmin / Roepstorff, Kristina (2013), Myanmar’s Peace Process. The Importance of Federal Reforms and an Inclusive National Dialogue, in: SWP Comments, 2013/C 29

Lorch, Jasmin (2011), Peace Talks in the Philippines: Ways out of the Impasse. National Reforms Needed to End Local Conflict in Mindanao, in: SWP-Comments, 2011/C 27

Lorch, Jasmin (2011), Bangladesh: Successes in the Fight against Islamist Militancy. Democracy and the Rule of Law as a Bulwark against Radicalism, in: SWP-Comments, 2011/C 11

Lorch, Jasmin / Will, Gerhard (2009), Burma's Forgotten Conflicts. A Risk for the Region's Security, in: SWP-Comments, 2009/C 10

Lorch, Jasmin (2008), Stopgap or Change Agent? The Role of Burma’s Civil Society after the Crackdown, in: International Quarterly for Asian Studies (Internationales Asienforum), 39, 1-2, 21-54

Lorch, Jasmin (2008), The (re)emergence of civil society in areas of state weakness: the case of education in Burma/Myanmar, in: Monique Skidmore / Trevor Wilson (eds.), Dictatorship, disorder and decline in Myanmar, Canberra: ANU E-Press, 151 – 176

Lorch, Jasmin (2006), Civil Society under Authoritarian Rule: The Case of Myanmar, in: Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 2, 3-37

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