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).

  • Article April 17, 2014 عربي
    The Syrian Opposition’s Bleak Outlook

    The Syrian National Coalition is living on borrowed time. Unless it can develop credible political leadership and effective administration inside Syria, the outlook for those trying to make it succeed looks bleak.

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  • Article April 10, 2014 عربي
    The Assad Regime: Winning on Points

    The Assad regime is clawing its way back to a position of dominance in the Syrian conflict. But it can only maintain that position as long as the armed conflict endures.

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  • Article April 8, 2014 عربي
    A Melancholy Perspective on Syria

    The time when Assad might have been defeated by a truly inept opposition leadership and fragmented rebel movement has passed.

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  • Op-Ed Al-Hayat April 3, 2014 عربي
    From Arab Spring to Presidential Spring

    The “Presidential Spring” now underway in the Arab world reveals the enduring power of entrenched elite players and institutional actors and their ability to perpetuate self-serving—and mostly authoritarian—politics.

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  • Op-Ed Al-Hayat March 6, 2014 عربي
    Syria’s Spring Offensives and the Death of Diplomacy

    The failure of the Geneva-II peace talks may have been inevitable but it has also raised the stakes even further for the Assad regime and the opposition, each of which still seeks to gain a decisive advantage on the battlefield.

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  • Op-Ed Al-Hayat February 6, 2014 عربي
    Taking Egypt Back to the First Republic

    Defense Minister General Abdul-Fattah Sisi will almost certainly become Egypt’s next president, but at the cost of taking Egypt back to the first republic.

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  • Syria in Crisis January 21, 2014
    Geneva II: Avoiding a Death Foretold, Part I

    The United States and Russia should present Syrians of all persuasions with a practical template against which to measure both the regime’s and the opposition’s willingness to find a genuine political solution.

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  • Syria in Crisis January 21, 2014
    Geneva II: Avoiding a Death Foretold, Part II

    Much hinges on how Russia and Iran are approached by the Friends of Syria group, which will have to rethink their approach to opposition representation at negotiations and, more importantly, how a transitional process in Syria will unfold in practice.

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  • Op-Ed Al-Hayat January 9, 2014 عربي
    Arab Police Reform: Returning to Square One?

    Until the Arab governments undertake security sector reform, the Arab Spring countries—and others that have experienced post-conflict transition, such as Iraq—risk lapsing into new, hybrid forms of authoritarian rule and descending into ever-widening civil strife.

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  • Op-Ed Al-Hayat December 12, 2013 عربي
    Shadow War, Not Civil War, in Lebanon

    A civil war in Lebanon has been prevented thus far. But the growing vacuum of constitutional authority is undermining the ability of the executive branch to meet coming challenges.

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