Bassel F. Salloukh is an associate professor of political science at the Lebanese American University. His current research looks at post-conflict power-sharing arrangements, the challenge of re-assembling the political orders and societies of post-uprisings Arab states, and the geopolitics of the Middle East after the popular uprisings.
Dr. Salloukh is author, co-author, and co-editor of a number of books, chapters, and journal articles, including The Politics of Sectarianism in Postwar Lebanon (Pluto Press, 2015), Beyond the Arab Spring: Authoritarianism and Democratization in the Arab World (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2012), Mapping the Political Landscape: An Introduction to Political Science, 2nd edition (Nelson Publishers, 2007), and Persistent Permeability: Regionalism, Localism, and Globalization in the Middle East (Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2004).
He is inaugural officer of the American Political Science Association (APSA) MENA Politics Section, a member of the Arab Political Science Network’s (APSN) Advisory Committee for 2019-2021, a member of Middle East Law and Governance Advisory Board (2019-), a member of the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS) Steering Committee, and a member of APSA MENA Workshops Planning Committee. He is also research fellow at the Lebanese Centre for Policy Studies (LCPS), and senior non-resident research fellow at the Interuniversity Consortium for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (ICAMES), McGill University.
Dr. Salloukh 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.
- “War Memory, Confessional Imaginaries, and Political Contestation in Postwar Lebanon,” Middle East Critique 28, 3, (2019): 341-359.
- “Taif and the Lebanese State: The Political Economy of a Very Sectarian Public Sector,” Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 25, 1, (2019): 43–60.
- “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 Dr. Bassel Salloukh’s op-ed contributions are at: https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/author/2015/11/18/bassel-salloukh
- “Anatomy of Corruption in Postwar Lebanon,” Featured Analysis - The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS), May 2019, at: https://www.lcps-lebanon.org/featuredArticle.php?id=229.
- “From State-Building to State-Fraying Permeability: NSAs in the Post-Popular Uprisings Arab World,” in Shifting Global Politics and the Middle East, POMEPS Studies 34, March 2019, at: https://pomeps.org/2019/03/15/from-state-building-to-state-fraying-permeabilitynsas-in-the-post-popular-uprisings-arab-world/.
- “Lebanon’s Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future,” Featured Analysis - The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS), December 2018, at: https://www.lcps-lebanon.org/featuredArticle.php?id=205.
- “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/“
- “How ISIS Provincialised Europe,” openDemocracy, 7 December 2015, at: https://www.opendemocracy.net/arab-awakening/bassel-f-salloukh/how-isis-provincialised-europe
- “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/
- “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
Office: OGB 510