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Salam Kawakibi

Salam Kawakibi is the Deputy Director of ARI, where he develops, coordinates and follows-up on ARI’s research projects. He is a leading commentator on political reform in the Arab world, writing essays, research papers and policy analysis for the Arab Reform Initiative and other organisations.

Salam Kawakibi is the President of Initiative for a New Syria, board member of The Day After association,  President of the board of trustees of Ettijahat – Independent Culture,  Senior Fellow with the Centre for Syrian Studies at the University of St Andrews,  nonresident fellow with the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council  and a member of the Consultative Council of theMediterranean Citizens’ Assembly (MCA).  Salam is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the UNU Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM). He teaches in the Masters programme on Development and Migration at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.  Between 2009 and 2011, he was principal researcher at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Amsterdam  and between 2000 and 2006, he was director of the Institut Français du Proche Orient (IFPO) in Aleppo, Syria.
Salam has published numerous essays in edited volumes and specialized journals in Arabic, English, French, Spanish and German. Topics include human rights, civil society, migration, media, North-South relations, and political reform in the Arab World. Recent publications include "Activism in Syria: Between Nonviolence and Armed Resistance" with Wael Sawah in Taking to the Streets: The Transformation of Arab Activism (Johns Hopkins, 2014),  "The Paradox of Government-Organized Civil Activism in Syria" in Civil Society in Syria and Iran (Lynne Rienner, 2013),  “Turkey-Syria Relations Before and After Arab Uprisings" with Aylin Ünver Noi in Islam and Democracy: Perspectives on the Arab Spring  and "Syria's Mediterranean Policy" in Mediterranean Policies from Above and Below (NOMOS, 2009).  He was also editor of "Religious Reform" (IFPO, 2003) and “Syrian Voices from Pre-Revolution Syria: Civil Society Against all Odds" (Hivos, 2013).
He holds a DEA in Political Sciences from l'Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Aix-En-Provence,  a DEA in International Relations from Aleppo University and a BA in Economy from Aleppo University.

Writer's Publications

National Reconciliation and Protection of Minorities
In this new research paper, ARI’s Deputy Director, Salam Kawakibi analyses the Assad regime’s exploitation of sectarian and confessional divisions and deconstructs the myths used in its political rhetoric to gain...
Tunisia, is it Really a Counter-Revolution?
The Nidaa Tounes (Call for Tunisia) party won 85 seats in Tunisia’s October 26 2014 legislative election, well ahead of the 69 seats taken...
Tunisia’s Revolt: the Impact on Arab Media
Tunisia’s Revolt: the Impact on Arab Media

The Tunisian uprising has reverberated across the Arab world. The use of new communication technologies – social networks, blogs, text messaging, videos uploaded by cellphone – continue to play an important role in events there, with...