Abboud was a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research focused on the political economy of the Syrian conflict, with a particular emphasis on the matter of capital flight and its implications on Syria’s reconstruction.
Samer Abboud is no longer with the Carnegie Endowment.
Samer Abboud was a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research focused on the political economy of the Syrian conflict, with a particular emphasis on the matter of capital flight and its implications on Syria’s reconstruction. He is also an assistant professor of history and international studies at Arcadia University.
In summer 2013, Abboud will be a resident fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, where he has been awarded an Arab Transformation Fellowship for his “Economic Elites and the Syrian Uprising: Negotiating Conflict, Managing Transformation” project. He will explore the multidirectional pressures placed on Syria’s economic elite during the uprising and their postconflict implications.
Abboud has published extensively on Syria’s political economy, including two monographs on Syrian trade and marketization. His work has been featured in a number of edited collections, including: Economic Transformation and Diffusion of Authoritarian Power in Syria (2012); Antinomies of Economic Governance in Contemporary Syria (with Fred Lawson, 2012); and Locating the “Social” in the Social Market Economy (forthcoming in 2013). Abboud has contributed regularly to numerous media outlets, such as Al-Jazeera English, HuffingtonPost Live, and Jadaliyya.
Syria is developing a “war economy” as individuals and networks seek to exploit the opportunities of conflict
The National Coalition opposition alliance has finally announced its long-awaited provisional government. It is an important development, but will not likely have a major impact on the everyday life of Syrians in the short term.