Yezid Sayigh

Senior Associate
Middle East Center
Sayigh is a senior associate 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.
 

Education

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

Languages

Arabic; English; French

Contact Information

 

Yezid Sayigh is a senior associate 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 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).

  • Op-Ed Al-Hayat April 30, 2015 عربي
    Where Next in Syria?

    The Syrian regime looks increasingly brittle. This has major implications for what might follow a nuclear deal with Iran, and indeed for what may follow if a deal is not reached.

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  • Op-Ed Al-Hayat April 2, 2015 عربي
    What Does the Joint List Offer Palestinians?

    The Joint List’s approach to engagement offers Palestinians a model for political action. But it also highlights the contradictions and tensions inherent to Palestinian approaches over the past 22 years.

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  • Paper March 17, 2015 عربي
    Missed Opportunity: The Politics of Police Reform in Egypt and Tunisia

    Until Egyptian and Tunisian governments reform their security sectors, the culture of police impunity will deepen and democratic transition will remain impossible for both countries.

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  • Op-Ed Al-Hayat March 5, 2015 عربي
    The Mirage of Egypt’s Regional Role and the Libyan Temptation

    Egypt’s current foreign policy activism is more show than substance. The temptation to expand this approach by intervening in Libya will only reveal Egypt’s vulnerabilities and deepen them further.

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  • Op-Ed Al-Hayat February 5, 2015 عربي
    Engaging in Politics, Assad-Style

    The Assad regime’s belief that, by hanging tough, it will compel the United States both to accept its terms and make its regional allies follow suit is a high-risk gamble.

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  • Op-Ed Al-Hayat January 8, 2015 عربي
    Syria in 2015: Political Stalemate Again, or Compromise?

    2015 begins with new proposals to resolve the conflict, but 2014 has shown that even dramatic geo-political and military changes can leave the conflict dynamic unaltered and the stalemate unbroken.

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  • Syria in Crisis 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.

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  • Syria in Crisis 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.

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  • Op-Ed Al-Hayat December 11, 2014 عربي
    The Assad Regime’s Political “Achilles’ Heel”

    The Assad regime has repeatedly shown its confidence over the improvement of its strategic situation, but its refusal to engage politically with its own constituencies threatens it.

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  • Op-Ed Washington Post December 8, 2014 عربي
    Militaries, Civilians, and the Crisis of the Arab State

    The civil-military relationship has proven central to the politics of many Arab countries, both those that underwent transition in 2011 and those that did not.

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  • Al Jazeera English November 6, 2014
    U.S-led Air Raids Target Syria Rebel Groups

    U.S.-led air raids have struck Syrian rebels not linked to the Islamic State, expanding the coalitions raids for the second time to other groups fighting in Syria, including Ahrar al-Sham and the Nusra Front.

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  • ABC’s Lateline September 24, 2014
    Strikes May Produce Surge in IS Recruitment

    Airstrikes targeting the Islamic State, as well as regional involvement with the United States, could produce an extra surge of recruits and provide more momentum and grist to the jihadist group.

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  • Press TV August 2, 2014
    Kurdish Statehood: An Israeli Wish

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for the creation of an independent Kurdish state. But why has Israel expressed support for Kurdish independence?

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  • France 24 July 24, 2014
    Israel-Gaza Conflict: The Elusive Search for a Ceasefire

    Israel and Hamas have found themselves sucked into a conflict that neither side really wanted and that outside powers seem reluctant or unable to stop.

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  • ABC NewsRadio May 29, 2014
    Syrian Refugees Start Voting in the Presidential Election

    Thousands have flooded the voting booths for the Syrian presidential elections in places like Lebanon and Jordan.

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  • openSecurity July 2, 2013
    Syria: No Military Victory, No Political Solution?

    The Friends of Syria have played what may be their last card. What difference will it make on the ground?

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