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Radwan Ziadeh, Carr Center for Human Rights, Harvard University


Radwan Ziadeh is a visiting scholar at Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University and Visiting Fellow at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) in London .

He was a Senior Fellow at United States Institute of Peace (USIP) –in Washington, D.C., and he is the founder of the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies in Syria. In 2008, Ziadeh also co-founded and served as the executive director of the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Washington, D.C.  Before that, Ziadeh was chief in-editor of Tyarat magazine in 2001-2002 and secretary of the Syrian Organization for Transparency. He was a researcher with the UNDP project “Syria 2025” and was named best researcher in the Arab world in political science by Jordan’s Abdulhameed Shoman Foundation in 2004.

Ziadeh has been one of the major players in “Damascus Spring,” a period of intense debate about politics and social issues and calls for reform in Syria after the death of President Hafez al-Assad in 2000.

He is a member in the Advisory Group of IDEA (Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance  Stockholm, Sweden, Advisory Board of Islamic World Initiative at USIP (U.S. Institute of Peace )Washington, D.C. for “ Reform and Security in the Muslim World.” He is also a member in the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), The American Political Science Association ( APSA ), The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS ) – London , International Political Science Association (IPSA)  and International Studies Association (ISA).

Ziadeh has written ten books and published studies, research projects and Policy papers for many International institutions like U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) , IDEA ( Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance ) Stockholm – Sweden, German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), and The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD). He is a frequent political commentator to several U.S , European , and Middle East Media like Aljazeera , Alarabiya, B.B.C and Alhura . He is also writes a bimonthly op-ed for the leading Arab daily Al-Hayat .

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