I am a PhD candidate in the International Relations/Political Science department at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) and a doctoral researcher at the Center on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) in Geneva.

In my doctoral thesis, I am focusing on the question of “Oligopoly of Violence” in conflict-affected countries, with particular focus on Syria and Libya. I am interested in unfolding the relation between violence and order (formation) in the absence of monopoly of violence.

As a doctoral researcher, I am part of the SNSF-funded PRIMA project “A Child of its Time: the Impact of World Politics on Peacebuilding.” The project investigates how the shifts from a unipolar to a multipolar world order influence UN peacebuilding. In this vein, I contributed to the building of the “United Nations Peace Mission Mandates” (UNPMM) dataset, and was one of the authors of the United Nations Security Council Peace-related Speeches (UNSCPeaS).

Meanwhile, I have been involved in different policy projects and consultancies on various issues, based on empirical evidences and fieldwork (including armed non-state actors in Syria, ISIS in Syria, Turkey’s policy towards Syria, Turkish intervention in Libya, DDR in Libya, SSR in Libya, Syrian political negotiations, East-Mediterranean Dialogue, Palestinian internal politics)

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