Yezid Sayigh

Senior Fellow
Middle East Center

Sayigh is a senior fellow 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.

Yezid Sayigh is a senior fellow 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 Dilemmas of Reform: Policing in Arab Transitions (March 2016); Haidar al-‘Abadi’s First Year in Office: What Prospects For Iraq? (September 2015); Crumbling States: Security Sector Reform in Libya and Yemen (June 2015); Missed Opportunity: The Politics of Police Reform in Egypt and Tunisia (March 2015); Militaries, Civilians and the Crisis of the Arab State (December 2014); 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).

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  • Aiding or Abetting?
    • April 04, 2017

    Aiding or Abetting?

    In an exchange, Yezid Sayigh and Michel Duclos discuss the conditions of economic assistance to a postwar Syria.

  • Safely Ambivalent
    • January 30, 2017

    Safely Ambivalent

    Donald Trump’s plan for refugee zones in and around Syria will not materialize.

  • Where Next?
    • December 20, 2016

    Where Next?

    The Syrian regime has several military options as it advances after the Aleppo victory.

  • Smoke and Mirrors
    • October 20, 2016

    Smoke and Mirrors

    A safe zone is not a Turkish aim in Syria, but aid to opposition groups will continue.

  • The Return of Egypt’s Military Interest Groups
    • December 21, 2015

    The Return of Egypt’s Military Interest Groups

    Lack of an overall strategy for Egypt’s economic development is enabling multiple military interest groups to pursue their own separate and potentially conflicting agendas.

  • The War Over Syria's Gas Fields
    • June 09, 2015

    The War Over Syria's Gas Fields

    Over the last year the Islamic State gained control of a substantial portion of Syria's energy resources and infrastructure, providing leverage over the regime and depriving it of much needed revenue.

  • After Palmyra: Military and Economic Targets of the Islamic State
    • June 04, 2015

    After Palmyra: Military and Economic Targets of the Islamic State

    With the recent capture of the city of Palmyra, the Islamic State has reasserted its anti-Assad credentials and put another tremendous economic strain on the Syrian government.

  • The Middle East in 2015: What to Watch
    • December 29, 2014

    The Middle East in 2015: What to Watch

    Carnegie scholars assess the Middle East in the year ahead, including potential game changers that could have a big impact for the future of the region.

  • Is the Islamic State Establishing Itself in Qalamoun?
    • December 22, 2014

    Is the Islamic State Establishing Itself in Qalamoun?

    A military confrontation is building up between two powerful jihadist factions, the Islamic State and the Nusra Front, in southern and southwestern Syria and as the balance shifts, the Islamic State stands poised to grow in new regions.

  • Geneva II: Avoiding a Death Foretold, Part I
    • 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.

Education

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

Languages
  • Arabic
  • English
  • French
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