Research Fellows

Amr al-Sarraj

Amr_al-SarrajBorn in Baghdad, Iraq, Amr al-Sarraj currently resides in Amman, Jordan. Mr. Sarraj is an electronic and new media expert and specializes in international politics and economics. Amr al-Sarraj holds a Master’s degree in eBusiness (electronic news services) from Middle East University in Jordan, a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Hashemite University, a diploma in Diplomacy, Global Governance, and Management of International Relations from SIOI in Rome, Italy, and has studied media, politics, economy and management.




Bashir Zein al-Abdeen

Bashir_Zein_al-AbdeenBashir Zain AlAbdin is a Senior Fellow with the Bahrain Centre for Strategic, International and Energy Studies. He was previously Assistant Director at the Center for Historical Studies and Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Bahrain. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History specializing in the Near and Middle East and a Doctorate in Political History, both from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK. He is a Member of the Arab Historian’s Union in Egypt, the Royal Asiatic Society, and the Institute of Historical Research in London. He has published several papers and authored and co-authored a number of books.




Marwan Kabalan

Marwan_KabalanDr. Marwan J. Kabalan is a Syrian academic and writer. He holds a PhD in International Relations. He was the Dean of the Faculty of International Relations and Diplomacy at the Kalamoon University in Damascus, Syria, until November 2012. Dr. Kabalan worked on International Political Theory at the University of Manchester, UK and at the Faculty of Political Sciences, Damascus University. He is an expert on foreign policy and a regular contributor to several Arab and English newspapers. He was a member of the board of directors at the Damascus University Center for Strategic Studies and Research and is the author of several books and numerous articles on Syria and the Middle East.





Hosam Hafez

Hosam_HafezDr. Mohamad Hosam Hafez is currently a visiting professor in the College of Law at Qatar University. Previously, Dr. Hafez worked as a Diplomat and legal advisor for the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1998 to 2012, serving in Damascus, Tehran, London and Yerevan. He holds a BA degree and diplomas in Criminal Law and Public Law from the University of Damascus. Hafez completed an LLM in Human Rights Law at the University of Nottingham in 2000. Hosam Hafez also earned a Ph.D in International Human Rights Law from the University of Damascus in 2006. Dr. Hafez brings with him vast experience in the fields of teaching and research from the University of Nottingham, University of Damascus, the Fatih Institute, the Syrian Virtual University and the Syrian Academy for development.





Hassan Jobran

Hassan_JobranDr. Hassan Jobran is the head of the Research and Studies Office of the Free Syrian Academics Union in Gaziantep, Turkey. Previously, he was the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities for Scientific Affairs at Aleppo University. Dr. Jobran has held positions at a number of universities and was a project advisor for the Syria 2025 project administered by UNDP in 2006. He holds a doctorate in the Sociology of Development and Social Change and a Master’s degree in Sociology, both from Damascus University.




Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

Mohammed_GhanemMohammed Alaa Ghanem is the Senior Political Adviser, Government Relations Director, and Strategist for the Syrian American Council in Washington D.C. He holds a master’s degree in Peacebuilding and conflict transformation. He was a professor at the University of Damascus, and has been involved in the Syrian revolution since its early days as a peaceful protest movement. Ghanem has briefed U.S. government officials and policy makers in the executive branch and in Congress. His work and scholarship connect U.S. policy-makers and the Syrian American community with the revolution inside Syria. This connection is made possible by his extensive network of contacts at all levels of the Syrian opposition, his frequent trips to Syria, and his routine participation in international political and academic conferences on Syria. Applying his knowledge of American politics and international relations, he advises the local administrative councils emerging in liberated areas across Syria on international relations. In early 2013, he participated in monitoring the elections of the first democratically elected government in Aleppo. At SCPSS, he has been in involved in SCPSS’ Syria Transition Roadmap, an ambitious post-Assad transition project. Ghanem is frequently quoted in the media, and his writings include an op-ed in the Washington Post, as well as three policy papers; “Syria: a Clear Path, a Comprehensive Strategy for the Obama Administration,”, “The Syrian Crisis: A Plan of Action.”, and “Disillusion in Syria’s Armed Opposition” He has appeared on CNN, AlJazeera, MSNBC, and RT.


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