Dr. Imad Salamey is a senior Middle East Policy advisor and associate professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the Lebanese American University. He is the President of Legal Action, a civil society organization comprised of human rights lawyers focused on identifying creative avenues for accessing justice to combat human rights violations.
Dr. Salamey is the book author of The Decline of Nation-States after the Arab Spring: the Rise of Communitocracy (Routledge, 2017) and editor of Post-Conflict Power-Sharing Agreements: Options for Syria (Palgrave, 2018). His research examines the root causes of rising ethnic and sectarian polarization and corresponding proliferation of transnational extremism in the MENA countries. Dr. Salamey serves as a monitoring and evaluation expert and policy advisor for various international and regional organizations on issues related to democracy, governance, security sector reforms, and conflict resolution.
- Salamey, Imad. 2019. “Mitigating MENA communitarian conflicts through power-sharing options”. Orient 60(2): 43-50.
- Salamey, Imad. 2018. The Communitarian Arab State. Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, Houston, Texas.
- Salamey, Imad. 2018. The Communitarian Arab State. Policy Brief. Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, Houston, Texas.
- Salamey, Imad. 2016. “The Double Movement & Post-Arab Spring Consociationalism”. The Muslim World, 105(3):187-203.
- Salamey, Imad. 2015. “Post-Arab Spring Changes and Challenges”. Third World Quarterly, 36(1): 111-129.
- Salamey, Imad. 2013. “Mitigating the Resource Curse for Extractive Industry: the Case of Lebanon”. Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Intelligence, 11 (3).
- Salamey, Imad and Tabar, Paul. 2012. “Democratic Transition and Sectarian Populism: The Case of Lebanon”, Contemporary Arab Affairs, 5(4): 37-41.
- Salamey, Imad. 2012. “The Many Colors of the Arab Spring”. Columbia’s Journal of International Affairs.
- Salamey, Imad and Pearson, Frederic. 2012. “The collapse of Middle Eastern authoritarianism: breaking the barriers of fear and power”, Third World Quarterly, 33(5): 931-948.
- Baroudi, Sami and Salamey, Imad. 2011. “US-French collaboration on Lebanon: How Syria’s role in Lebanon and the Middle East contributed to a US-French Convergence” The Middle East Journal, 65(3): 398 - 425.
- Salamey, Imad and Othman, Zanoubia. 2011. “Shi’a Revival and Welayat El-Faqih in the Making of Iranian Foreign Policy”, Politics, Religion & Ideology, 12(2): 197 – 212.
- Salamey, Imad and Copeland, Gary. 2011. “How Exceptional Are Islamists? Comparing Supports for Hezbollah and the Lebanese Forces”, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, 13(2): 157 - 175.
- Salamey, Imad. 2009. “Failing Consociationalism in Lebanon & Integrative Options”, International Journal of Peace Studies, 14(2): 83 - 105.
- Salamey, Imad. 2009. “Middle Eastern Exceptionalism: Globalization and the Balance of Power”, Journal of Democracy and Security, 5(3): 249 - 260.
- Royce Hutson, Robert Muggah, and Imad Salamey. 2009. “Who are the legitimate security providers in South Lebanon?” Small Arms Survey, Lebanon Issue Brief (1).
- Royce Hutson, Athena Kolbe, Ted Haines, Bernadette Stringer, Harry Shannon, and Imad Salamey. 2009. “Testing Received Wisdom: Perceptions of Security in Southern Lebanon”. In Small Arms Survey 2009: Shadows of War, Small Arms Survey (eds). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Salamey, Imad and Payne, Rhys. 2008. “Parliamentary Consociationalism in Lebanon: Equal Citizenry vs. Quotated Confessionalism”, Journal of Legislative Studies, 14(4): 451-473.
- Salamey, Imad and Tabar, Paul. 2008. “Consociational Democracy and Urban Sustainability: Bridging the Confessional Divides in Beirut”, Journal of Ethnopolitics, 7(2): 239-263.
- Salamey, Imad and Pearson, Frederic. 2007. “Hezbollah: A Proletarian Party with an Islamic Manifesto - A Sociopolitical Analysis of Islamist Populism in Lebanon and the Middle East”, Journal of Small Wars & Insurgencies, 18(3): 416-438.
- Salamey, Imad and Pearson, Fredric. 2005. “The Crisis of Federalism and Electoral Strategies in Iraq”, International Studies Perspectives,6(2): 155-305.
- Salamey, Imad and Pearson, Fredric. 2004. “Toward a U.S. Exit Strategy from Iraq and a Transition to Full Sovereignty”, Foreign Policy in Focus.
- Salamey, Imad. 2019. “Democracy and Development in the Middle East”. In Handbook on Democracy and Development, ed. Crawford, Gordon and Abdulahi, Abdul-Gafaru. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
- Salamey, Imad. 2019. “Republic of Lebanon”. In The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa, 9th ed. Yom, Sean. London: Routledge.
- Salamey, Imad. 2019. “Hezbollah, Communitarianism, and Anti-Imperialism”. In the Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism, 2 eds. Cope, Zak and Ness, Immanuel. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Salamey, Imad; Abu Nimer, Mohammed; Abouaoun, Elie. 2018. “Comparative Post-Conflict Power Sharing Models for Syria” in Post-Conflict Power-Sharing Agreements: Options for Syria, eds. Salamey, Imad; Abu Nimer, Mohammed; Abouaoun, Elie. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Salamey, Imad and Rizk, Samuel. 2018. “Ways Forward for Syria” in Post-Conflict Power-Sharing Agreements: Options for Syria, eds. Salamey, Imad; Abu Nimer, Mohammed; Abouaoun, Elie. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Salamey, Imad and Abouaoun, Elie. 2017. “Rights of Non-Muslims in the Middle East” in Islam and Human Rights: Key Issues for Our Times, eds. Abdo, Geneive; pp. 20-26, Washington D.C.: Atlantic Council.
- Salamey, Imad. 2013. “Technology-induced innovation in the making and consolidation of Arab democracy”. In State Power 2.0: Authoritarian Entrenchment and Political Engagement Worldwide, eds. Hussain, Muzammil and Howard, Philip. London: Ashgate Publishing.
- Salamey, Imad and Hussein, Muzammil. 2013. “Sectarian Minorities and Democratic Transition in the Middle East”. In the 10th edition of the IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook, Med.
- Salamey, Imad. 2013. “The Crisis of Consociational Democracy in Beirut: Conflict Transformation and Sustainability through Electoral Reform”. In Urban Sustainability: Perspective, eds. Vojnovic, Igor Z. Lansing: Michigan State University Press. pp. 177-198.
Selected Projects and Evaluations
- Lebanon Political Economy Assessment (2019). Political Economy Analysis and recommendations for country programing.
- Lebanon Citizen Satisfaction Survey (2019). Public satisfaction assessment toward public policies and economic conditions.
- Lebanon Democratic Governance and Local Development Evaluation (2019). Evaluation of programs that support government’s ability to improve the performance of institutions and promote participation and accountability. Establish special focus on mainstreaming gender equality and women’s empowerment.
- Lebanon Civil-Military Relations Assessment (2019). Review of analytic studies and develop a report for National Dialogue Conference.
- Community Security Model in Lebanon (2018-19). Review of analytical comparative studies and project evaluation of community policing models.
- Evaluation of Lebanon Democracy and Governance Pilot Projects (2019). Projects assessments and strategic recommendations for programing in Lebanon.
- Evaluation of Lebanon 2018 Election Support (2019). Evaluate funded projects that aimed to strengthen the transparency and accountability of Parliamentary elections.
- Political Economy and Conflict Dynamic of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (2017). Conduct a host-refugee conflict mapping assessment in Lebanon.
- Elites and Security Sector Evaluation in Lebanon (2016). Assess the dynamic of elite behaviors in a turbulent environment.
- Mapping the Impact of Syrian Refugee Influx on Lebanese Host Communities (2015). A Political Economy Analysis.
- Stakeholders and Syrian Refugees in Northern Lebanon Assessment (2014). Map exiting political actors and stakeholders, assess host-refugee conflict dynamic in Northern Lebanon.
- Analysis of the Petroleum Sector in Lebanon (2014). Assess the stability and governability of offshore extraction sector.
- Arab Partnership Fund Evaluation (2014-15). Conduct program support for democratic transition of 4 Arab States worth 110 Million GBP.
- Regional Strategic Threat Analysis in the Gulf (2013). Conduct a conflict simulation and threat analysis of Gulf War.
- Supporting Local Governance in Syria during Transition (2013). Need assessment and situational analysis of Local Councils.
- Twining Arab CSOs for Syria (2013). Evaluation of Syrian CSOs capacities and responsiveness to emergency.
- Lebanon Democracy and Governance Assessment/Strategy and Prioritization of DG-Subsectors (2011). Conduct an evaluation of the state of democracy and governance and develop programmatic recommendations.
- Lebanese Opinion toward the Conduct of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces (2009). Manage and develop survey, data analysis, and report.
- Drivers of Conflicts in Palestinian Refugee Camps Assessment Survey (2008). Conduct a survey and make recommendations of LAF training strategies.
- Survey Study of Health, Human Rights and Armed Violence in Southern Lebanon (2007). An Assessment to examine the impact of July-August 2006 Israel-Hezbollah conflict on the civilian population in Southern Lebanon.
- Survey of the Lebanese Political Environment (2006). Develop public opinion poll to monitor political attitude and changes.
- Lebanon Parliament Assessment (2006). Conduct evaluation to assess impact of support and make strategic recommendations for country programing.
- Lebanon Rule of Law Assessment (2005). Conduct evaluation to assess impact of support and make strategic recommendations for country programing.
PhD in Political Science, 2003, Wayne State University, USA.