Raphaël Lefèvre

Nonresident Scholar
Middle East Center

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

Raphaël Lefèvre is no longer with the Carnegie Middle East Center.

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

Lefèvre is currently the Rank-Manning Junior Research Fellow in Social Sciences at the University of Oxford (New College). He holds a doctorate in politics and international relations from the University of Cambridge where he was a Gates Scholar and the recipient of the 2015 Bill Gates Sr. Award.

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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  • What Does the Lebanese Cabinet Mean for Syria?
    • 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.

  • How the War in Syria Empowers Lebanese Jihadism
    • 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.

  • A Revolution in Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood?
    • 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

  • Power Struggles Among the Alawites in Lebanon, Part II
    • January 02, 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.

  • Power Struggles Among the Alawites in Lebanon, Part I
    • January 01, 2014

    Power Struggles Among the Alawites in Lebanon, Part I

    The Arab Democratic Party (ADP) has long been the representative of Lebanon’s tiny Alawite community. Its long-standing alliance with the Assad regime has ensured its political and paramilitary hegemony over Lebanon’s Alawites. But new Alawite voices are emerging that are more critical of the Assad regime and of the ADP.

  • The Belated Birth of the Waad Party
    • December 16, 2013

    The Belated Birth of the Waad Party

    The creation of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing, also known as the Waad Party for its Arabic acronym which means “promise,” had long been in the pipeline.

Education

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

Languages
  • English
  • French
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