Yezid Sayigh

Senior Associate
Middle East Center
Sayigh is a senior associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where his work focuses on the Syrian crisis, the political role of Arab armies, security sector transformation in Arab transitions, the reinvention of authoritarianism, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and peace process.
 

Education

PhD, War Studies, King’s College London 
BSc, Chemistry, American University of Beirut 

Languages

Arabic; English; French

 

Yezid Sayigh is a senior associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where his work focuses on the Syrian crisis, the political role of Arab armies, security sector transformation in Arab transitions, the reinvention of authoritarianism, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and peace process.

Previously, Sayigh was professor of Middle East studies at King’s College London. From 1994–2003, he served as assistant director of studies at the Centre of International Studies, Cambridge. From 1998–2003, he headed the Middle East program of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. Sayigh was also an adviser and negotiator in the Palestinian delegation to the peace talks with Israel from 1991–1994. Since 1999, he has provided policy and technical consultancy on the permanent-status peace talks and on Palestinian reform.

Sayigh is the author of numerous publications, including most recently The Syrian Opposition’s Leadership Problem (April 2013); Above the State: The Officers’ Republic in Egypt (August 2012); “We serve the people”: Hamas policing in Gaza (2011); and Policing the People, Building the State: Authoritarian transformation in the West Bank and Gaza (2011).

  • Al Jazeera English November 6, 2014
    U.S-led Air Raids Target Syria Rebel Groups

    U.S.-led air raids have struck Syrian rebels not linked to the Islamic State, expanding the coalitions raids for the second time to other groups fighting in Syria, including Ahrar al-Sham and the Nusra Front.

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  • ABC’s Lateline September 24, 2014
    Strikes May Produce Surge in IS Recruitment

    Airstrikes targeting the Islamic State, as well as regional involvement with the United States, could produce an extra surge of recruits and provide more momentum and grist to the jihadist group.

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  • Press TV August 2, 2014
    Kurdish Statehood: An Israeli Wish

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for the creation of an independent Kurdish state. But why has Israel expressed support for Kurdish independence?

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  • France 24 July 24, 2014
    Israel-Gaza Conflict: The Elusive Search for a Ceasefire

    Israel and Hamas have found themselves sucked into a conflict that neither side really wanted and that outside powers seem reluctant or unable to stop.

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  • ABC NewsRadio May 29, 2014
    Syrian Refugees Start Voting in the Presidential Election

    Thousands have flooded the voting booths for the Syrian presidential elections in places like Lebanon and Jordan.

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