Dr. Majda Ruge is a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at the Johns Hopkins University SAIS. Previously, she was a research fellow at the Gulf Research Centre based in Jeddah/Geneva/Cambridge. Between 2012 to 2014, she was a lecturer at the Otto-Suhr-Institute at the Free University of Berlin, where she taught courses in the field of international relations and nationalism.
Dr. Ruge has an academic and policy background, having worked in management and advisory capacities for several international organizations, including the Delegation of the European Commission to Bosnia and Herzegovina and the OSCE Mission to BiH. Since 2005 she has regularly contributed to the work on political and economic transition published by Bertelsmann Group for Policy Research as a country expert for Bosnia.
Her broad areas of interests are international relations, nationalism, management of ethnic conflict through power-sharing agreements, foreign interventions in divided societies, and the EU’s foreign and security policy. She has studied and written on problems of political and economic transitions in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia; European Union and GCC policies toward post-2011 Tunisia; and the role of the European Union and the United States in post-conflict consolidation of Bosnia and Cyprus (PhD thesis).
Dr. Ruge holds degrees from the European University Institute (Ph.D., 2011 and M.A., 2006), Central European University in Budapest (M.A. in International Relations and European Studies, 2001) and Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, GA (B.A. in International Relations, Summa Cum Laude, 2000).