Dr. Makram Ouaiss is assistant professor of Political Science and International Affairs. His areas of research are conflict resolution, democratic development, elections and international relations.
He held the position of chair of the Department of Social Sciences at the Lebanese American University. Prior to that he was chief technical specialist for the Strengthening Electoral Program in Lebanon with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in support of the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities.
Before joining LAU, Ouaiss was associated with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) where he held the positions of senior advisor for political and election processes, deputy director for Central and West Africa and deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa region. He also worked for several years on programs in Asian countries. In these capacities, Ouaiss has conducted parliamentary, political party, civic and election programs in over 35 countries. Before joining the Institute, Ouaiss worked at Amnesty International and the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Ouaiss was elected coordinator of a pro-peace coalition of 29 nongovernmental organizations called the Gathering Wahdatouna Khalasouna (Our Unity is Our Salvation) and board member of the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections (LADE).
He has published articles and reports on democratization and conflict resolution in the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia and around the world.
- Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (SCAR)
- M.A. in International Affairs and Economics from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), of the Johns Hopkins University.
Assistant Professor of Political Science
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