Raphaël Lefèvre

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


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


English; French

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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.

  • Syria in Crisis 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.

  • Op-Ed Project on Middle East Political Science February 11, 2015
    The Syrian Brotherhood’s Islamic State Challenge

    To avoid losing brigades to extremist rebel groups, the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood must clarify their ideological stance toward a range of issues and disassociate themselves more clearly from extremist groups.

  • Project on Middle East Political Science February 10, 2015
    The Muslim Brotherhood's Role in Syria

    The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood had been in exile for a long time, so it had to work very hard to gain a measure of influence on the Syrian uprisings.

  • Article January 5, 2015 عربي
    Lebanon’s Dar al-Fatwa and the Search for Moderation

    To revive the Sunni authority’s long tradition of Islamic moderation, Dar al-Fatwa’s new leader must unite all of Lebanon’s Sunni community.

  • Article December 24, 2014 عربي
    Tackling Sunni Radicalization in Lebanon

    The roots of the recent surge of Sunni extremism in Lebanon are local and deep. Pragmatic steps are needed to protect the country from the fate of Syria and Iraq.

  • Article December 12, 2014 عربي
    New Leaders for the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood

    With its 2014 leadership election, the Islamist group signaled that it is opening a new chapter. But some young members wanted to see even greater change.

  • Syria in Crisis 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.

  • Syria in Crisis May 6, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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