Raphaël Lefèvre

Visiting Fellow
Carnegie Middle East Center
Lefèvre is a Gates Scholar and a PhD candidate in politics and international relations at the University of Cambridge.
 

Education

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

Languages

English; French

Contact Information

 

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

A Gates Scholar and a PhD 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.

  • Syria in Crisis 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.

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  • Paper April 15, 2014 عربي
    The Roots of Crisis in Northern Lebanon

    Syria’s civil war is helping destabilize the city of Tripoli and threatening other parts of Lebanon. But today’s challenges have plagued Lebanon since long before the Syrian uprising.

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  • Syria in Crisis 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.

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  • Syria in Crisis 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.

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  • Syria in Crisis 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.

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  • Syria in Crisis February 18, 2014
    What Does the Lebanese Cabinet Mean for Syria?

    There are clear signs that Syria is now progressively replacing Lebanon as the region’s geopolitical chessboard. This means that Lebanese politics will increasingly be viewed through a Syrian lens.

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  • Article February 13, 2014 عربي
    The Egypt Effect: Sharpened Tensions, Reshuffled Alliances

    Throughout the Middle East, the overthrow of Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi has heightened Islamist-secularist tensions and pushed actors toward zero-sum politics.

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  • Syria in Crisis January 29, 2014
    How the War in Syria Empowers Lebanese Jihadism

    Viewing Lebanon as a transit point for the struggle in Syria and considering its state institutions as legitimate targets may, in due course, fuel the rise of the much-feared Islamic State of Lebanon.

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  • Syria in Crisis January 23, 2014
    A Revolution in Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood?

    A recent statement authored by a self-described “group of sons of the Muslim Brotherhood” criticizes the organization's leadership handling of politics over the past three years, revealing real grievances

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  • Syria in Crisis January 2, 2014
    Power Struggles Among the Alawites in Lebanon, Part II

    Many Lebanese Alawites do not seem particularly keen on being associated with their co-religionists in Syria, and they are especially wary of being linked to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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