Dr. Bassel F. Salloukh is associate professor of political science at the Lebanese American University, Beirut. His current research looks at sectarianization and de-sectarianization dynamics in post-uprisings Arab states, post-conflict power-sharing arrangements, and the geopolitics of the Middle East after the popular uprisings. He has served as expert consultant to a number of missions commissioned by private organizations and international agencies. He is collaborator on a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC, Canada) grant housed at McMaster University investigating global variations in institutional mechanisms of indigenous, sectarian, or ethnic electoral inclusion, and a fellow of the Sectarianism, Proxies & De-sectarianisation (SEPAD) project at Lancaster University funded by the Carnegie Corporation.
Salloukh is a member of the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS) Steering Committee, member of the American Political Science Association (APSA) MENA Workshops Planning Committee, research fellow at the Lebanese Centre for Policy Studies (LCPS), inaugural officer of the APSA MENA Politics Section, and senior non-resident research fellow at the Interuniversity Consortium for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (ICAMES), McGill University.
He is a contributor to policy journals and on-line academic forums and newspapers, including Foreign Affairs, Washington Post’s the Monkey Cage, openDemocracy, and the Middle East Institute. He tweets at @bassel67.
- “Transforming Power Sharing: From Corporate to Hybrid Consociation in Postwar Lebanon,” (co-author) Middle East Law and Governance 9, 2, (2017): 147-173.
- “Overlapping Contests and Middle East International Relations: The Return of the Weak Arab State,” PS: Political Science and Politics 50, 3, (July 2017): 660-663.
- “The Syrian War: Spillover Effects on Lebanon,” Middle East Policy 24, 1, (Spring 2017): 62-78.
- “The Architecture of Secatrianization in Lebanon,” in Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel, eds., Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East (London: Hurst Publishers, 2017): 215-234.
- “The Sectarianization of Geopolitics in the Middle East,” in Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel, eds., Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East (London: Hurst Publishers, 2017): 35-52.
- The Politics of Sectarianism in Postwar Lebanon (co-authored). London: Pluto Press, 2015.
- “Strong Actor in a Weak State: The Geopolitics of Hezbollah,” (co-author) in Mehran Kamrava, ed., Fragile Politics: Weak States in the Greater Middle East (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015): 119-143.
- “The Arab World after the Popular Uprisings: A Spirit Restored?” in Kirsten Fisher and Robert Stewart, eds., Transitional Justice and the Arab Spring (London: Routledge, 2014): 17-35.
- “Hizbullah in Lebanon,” (co-author) in John L. Esposito and Emad Shahin, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Islam and Politics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013): 516-531.
- “Elite Strategies, Civil Society, and Sectarian Identities in Postwar Lebanon,” (co-author) International Journal of Middle East Studies 45, 4, (November 2013): 731-749.
- “The Arab Uprisings and the Geopolitics of the Middle East,” in The International Spectator 48, 2, (June 2013): 32-46.
- Beyond the Arab Spring: Authoritarianism and Democratization in the Arab World (co-author). Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2012.
- “Remaking Lebanon after Syria: The Rise and Fall of Proxy Authoritarianism,” in Holger Albrecht, ed., Contentious Politics in the Middle East and North Africa (Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2010): 205-228.
- “Democracy in Lebanon: The Primacy of the Sectarian System,” in Nathan Brown and Emad El-Din Shahin, eds., The Struggle over Democracy in the Middle East (London: Routledge Press, 2009): 134-150.
- “Demystifying Syrian Foreign Policy under Bashar,” in Fred H. Lawson, ed., Demystifying Syria (London: Saqi Books, 2009): 159-179.
- “The Art of the Impossible: The Foreign Policy of Lebanon,” in Bahgat Korany and Ali E. Hillal Dessouki, eds., The Foreign Policies of Arab States: The Challenge of Globalization, New Revised Edition (Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2009): 283-317.
- “Struggles under Authoritarianism: Regimes, States, and Professional Associations in the Arab World,” (co-author) International Journal of Middle East Studies 39, 1, (February 2007): 53-76.
- Mapping the Political Landscape: An Introduction to Political Science 2nd edition, (co-author). Toronto: Nelson Publishers, 2007.
- “The Limits of Electoral Engineering in Divided Societies: Elections in Postwar Lebanon,” Canadian Journal of Political Science 39, 3, (September 2006): 635-655.
- “Syria and Lebanon: A Brotherhood Transformed,” Middle East Report 236, (Fall 2005): 14-21.
- Persistent Permeability: Regionalism, Localism, and Globalization in the Middle East (co-editor and contributor). London: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2004.
- “Studying Arab Politics: The End of Ideology or the Search for Alternative Methods?” Critique No. 10, (Spring 1997): 109-125.
- “State Strength, Permeability, and Foreign Policy Behavior: Jordan in Theoretical Perspective,” Arab Studies Quarterly 18, 2, (Spring 1996): 39 65.
- Some of Bassel Salloukh’s op-ed contributions are at: https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/author/2015/11/18/bassel-salloukh
- “Twilight of the Republic,” Featured Analysis - The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS), October 2018, at: http://lcps-lebanon.org/featuredArticle.php?id=165.
- “Romanticizing Paris IV,” Featured Analysis - The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS), March 2018, at: https://lcps-lebanon.org/featuredArticle.php?id=137.
- “The Pleasures of Sectarianism,” Featured Analysis - The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS), February 2018, at: https://www.lcps-lebanon.org/featuredArticle.php?id=131.
- “How to Break the Middle East’s Sectarian Spiral,” Washington Post, Monkey Cage Blog, 8 August 2016, at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/08/08/how-to-break-the-middle-easts-sectarian-spiral/“
- “Lebanese Protesters United against Garbage… and Sectarianism,” Washington Post, Monkey Cage Blog, 14 September 2015, at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2015/09/14/lebanese-protesters-united-against-garbage-and-sectarianism/
- “How ISIS Provincialised Europe,” openDemocracy, 7 December 2015, at: https://www.opendemocracy.net/arab-awakening/bassel-f-salloukh/how-isis-provincialised-europe
- “Sectarianism and the Search for New Political Orders in the Arab World,” Middle East Institute, 17 July 2015, at: http://www.mei.edu/content/map/sectarianism-and-search-new-political-orders-arab-world
- “The Disciplinary Violence of Sectarianism in Lebanon,” Pluto Press Blog, 14 July 2015, at: https://plutopress.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/the-disciplinary-violence-of-sectarianism-in-lebanon/#more-10500
- “Sect Supreme: The End of Realist Politics in the Middle East,” Foreign Affairs.com, 14 July 2014, at: http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/141637/bassel-f-salloukh/sect-supreme
- “The Geopolitics of the Struggle for Syria,” e-International Relations, 23 September 2013, at: http://www.e-ir.info/2013/09/23/the-geopolitics-of-the-struggle-for-syria/
- PhD, McGill University, Canada
- MA, McGill University, Canada
- Honors BA, McMaster University, Canada
Associate Professor of Political Science
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