Raphaël Lefèvre

Nonresident Scholar
Middle East Center

Lefèvre is a Gates Scholar and a doctoral candidate in politics and international relations at the University of Cambridge.

Raphaël Lefèvre is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research focuses on Sunni Islamist movements in Lebanon. 

A Gates Scholar and a doctoral candidate in politics and international relations at the University of Cambridge, Lefèvre is also an associate at the university’s Center for the Study of the International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa. 

Lefèvre is the author of Ashes of Hama: The Muslim Brotherhood in Syria (Oxford University Press, 2013) and co-author of State and Islam in Baathist Syria: Confrontation or Co-Optation? (Lynne Rienner, 2012). His publications on Islamist movements in the Middle East and North Africa have appeared in the Guardian, the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Sada, and the Journal of North African Studies.

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  • Man of the Moment?
    • November 13, 2017

    Man of the Moment?

    Ashraf Rifi would like to replace Saad al-Hariri as leader of Lebanon’s Sunnis, but his bid for leadership is risky.

  • Holiday Asides
    • December 22, 2016

    Holiday Asides

    As 2016 comes to a close, Diwan offers recommendations for this period of relative rest.

  • No More ‘Hama Rules’
    • September 19, 2016

    No More ‘Hama Rules’

    Syrian rebels are borrowing from the legacy of the Fighting Vanguard.

  • A New Direction for Lebanon's Muslim Brothers
    • February 11, 2016

    A New Direction for Lebanon's Muslim Brothers

    The newly-elected leader of Lebanon’s Jamaa al-Islamiya faces the uphill task of reforming the party and injecting new blood into its veins.

  • Lebanon’s Alawites at a Crossroads
    • May 21, 2014

    Lebanon’s Alawites at a Crossroads

    The recent end to sectarian violence in Tripoli, Lebanon presents a historic opportunity for Lebanese Alawites to search for new leaders who embrace a more independent approach toward Damascus and a more conciliatory posture toward Tripoli’s Sunni majority.

  • A New Leader for Syria's Muslim Brotherhood?
    • May 06, 2014

    A New Leader for Syria's Muslim Brotherhood?

    With its leadership elections officially due to take place in July 2014, the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood is bracing to overcome internal divisions in order to elect its new comptroller general on time.

  • The Sham Legion: Syria’s Moderate Islamists
    • April 15, 2014

    The Sham Legion: Syria’s Moderate Islamists

    The emergence of the Sham Legion, a moderate Islamist rebel group, may be a significant political development because, until its formation, only more conservative and Salafi-oriented brigades had managed to merge into ideologically coherent countrywide alliances.

  • Can Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood Salvage Its Relations With Riyadh?
    • March 28, 2014

    Can Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood Salvage Its Relations With Riyadh?

    Saudi Arabia and the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood have had a difficult relationship, one that has been further complicated by the Syrian civil war.

  • Tripoli's Fragmented Sunni Islamists
    • March 13, 2014

    Tripoli's Fragmented Sunni Islamists

    The simmering intra-Sunni tensions in Tripoli, Lebanon in relation to the conflict in Syria belies the standard sectarian divide of Sunni versus Shia, in a sign of how multifaceted and fragmented the Sunni Islamic spectrum really is.

  • Lebanon’s Pro-Assad Islamists
    • March 13, 2014

    Lebanon’s Pro-Assad Islamists

    The northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli is home to several Sunni Islamist groups that support the Assad regime and Syrian patronage has given them access to funds, weapons, and political connections.

Education

MPhil, University of Cambridge
BA, Sciences Po and University of Kent

Languages
  • English
  • French
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