Public Writings

Sometimes I write short pieces and reports aimed at more general audiences or participate in public discussions about issues in global politics.

“Comment: 10 Years of the Syrian Conflict: A Time to Act and Not Merely to Remember.” In The Lancet, March 12, 2021. Available here. (With Samer Jabbour (lead author) et al.)

“The Twin Crises and the Prospects for Political Sectarianism in Lebanon.” Featured Analysis, Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, Beirut Lebanon, April 2020. English version available here and Arabic version available here.

“Building Solidarity: Challenges, Options, and Implications for COVID-19 Responses.” White Paper, Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University, March 30, 2020. (With Evan Lieberman.) Available here.

“Lebanon, the Sectarian Identity Test Lab.” The Century Foundation, New York, April 10, 2019. Available here.

“Local Winners and Losers in Erdoğan’s Turkey.” The Forum ERF Policy Portal, Economic Research Forum, Cairo, Egypt, June 19, 2018. (With Davide Luca.) Available here.

“Unfair Play: Central Government Spending Under Turkey’s AK Party.” Future Development Blog, Brookings and the World Bank, June 20, 2018. (With Davide Luca.) Available here.

“What Lebanon’s Elections Can Teach Us About the Importance of Religion in Elections.” Monkey Cage Blog, Washington Post, May 5, 2018. (With Dominika Kruszewska and Sami Atallah.) Available here.

“Insight on Syria: A Quagmire of Warring Religious Groups? Why the Western View is Misguided.” In EpiCenter, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, September 26, 2017. Available here.

“The Future of Syria.” In the Lancet Commission Report on Syria, 2017. In progress.

“The Effects of War and Violence Conflict on Youth in the Middle East.” In the Arab Human Development Report, United National Development Program, 2016. (With Nisreen Salti.)

“Accountability: The Last Mile on the Route to Quality Service Delivery.” World Bank report. (With Tamer Rabie, Samira Towfighian and Cari Clark).

“How Hezbollah Helps (And What it Gets Out of It).” Monkey Cage Blog, Washington Post, October 2, 2014. Available here.

“The Syrian Conflict’s Impact on Lebanese Politics.” In PeaceBrief, U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C., November 18, 2013. Available here.

“Democracy in Post-Invasion Iraq.” Report for the Costs of War Project, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University, February 10, 2012. Available at

“The Politics of Economic and Social Change in the MENA.” In “Arab Uprisings: New Opportunities for Political Science.” POMEPS Briefing, no. 12, June 12, 2012. Available here.

“The Limits of Anti-Islamism in Tunisia.” In Foreign Policy Online, October 31, 2011. Available here.

“Hezbollah in Latin America: Implications for U.S. Homeland Security.” Testimony before the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, Committee on Homeland Security, U.S. House of Representatives, July 7, 2011. Available at Video of proceedings available at

“Democracy, Lebanese Style.” In Middle East Report Online, August 2009. Available here.

“Habitat for Hezbollah.”  In Foreign Policy, August 2006. Available at