Haian Dukhan

Teaching Fellow in International Relations

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I hold a PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews. During my work on my PhD, I published different papers that were cited by different media outlets. I have also received many grants and awards for my academic performance. My work was presented by me at many universities and research centres around the world. Some of my articles and media interviews were translated into different languages including Arabic, Spanish, French and Greek. Funded by a grant from the Danish research council, I am also engaged in a joint research project at the University of St Andrews and Aarhus University on the instrumentalization of sectarianism by the regime, the opposition, extremist groups and by competitive external powers in the Syrian conflict.




State and Tribes in Syria: Informal Alliances and Conflict Patterns (Routeledge, 2019).

Peer-reviewed articles

A Thematic Analysis of Vocal Hymns (Nasheeds) by the So-Called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Journal for Intelligence, Propaganda and Security Studies, 2017, Vol 11, No 1, pp.143-152.(Co-authored with Moutaz Al-Kheder)

Tribes and Tribalism in the Syrian Uprising, Syria Studies Journal, 2014, Vol 6, No 2, pp. 1-28

Development-Induced Displacement among Syria's Bedouin, Nomadic Peoples Journal, 2014, Vol 18, No 1, pp.61-79

Book Chapters

From Reform to Revolt, Bashar al-Assad and the Arab Tribes in Syria, a book chapter in Pastoralist Livelihoods in Asian Drylands: Environment, Governance and Risk, (2016), White Horse Press.

Selected articles

Syria’s Security Implications for Israel: Advantage of a Stalemate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2013

The Islamic State and the Arab Tribes in Eastern Syria, E-International Relations, 2014

Tribes and the Islamists in Modern Syria, a Short Introduction, Centre for Syrian Studies, University of St Andrews, 2014

Who are the Tadamera? Modern Life Among the Ruins of Palmyra, Bergen University, 2017

The Syrian Civil War: What role do tribal loyalties play?, London School of Economics, Middl East Centre, 2018

Rivals Will Use Tribes to Destablise Syria’s Raqqa, Oxoford Analytica, 2018.

Some Invited Talks

Roskilde University (Denmark), The Department of Society and Globalisation to take part in a joint seminar titled: “The Overseen Dimensions of the Syrian Uprising: Tribe, Kurds and Women”, 2014

University of Buckingham, Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies to give a seminar titled: “The Roots of ISIS’ Appeal within the Tribal Community of Syria”, 2014

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, the Department of Anthropology to give a lecture titled: “From Reform to Revolt, Bashar al-Assad and the Arab Tribes in Syria”, 2017

Bergen Museum in Norway to give a talk titled: “Modern Life Among the Ruins of Palmyra”, 2017

University of Derby to give a talk titled: “Authoritarianism, Tribalism and Islamism in Contemporary Syria”, 2018

LSE/Middle Easte Centre to give a talk titled: “The Struggle for Syria: Tribes at War”, 2018

Selected Conference Participation

The 3rd Oxford Interdisciplinary Desert Conference, Oxford, 2015.

The Sixth Annual Asian Conference on the Social Sciences, Kobe, Japan, 2015.

The Australian National University (Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies) Conference on debating Middle Eastern and Central Asian politics, Canberra, Australia, 2015.

The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) Conference on the historical trends in the Middle East and Africa, Washington DC, USA, 2015.

The American Political Science Association (APSA) MENA Research and Publication Conference, Tunisia, 2017.

British Society for the Middle East annual conference at King’s College, London, 2018.

Press Interviews

I have been interviewed by the following media outlets and research centres on issues related to my research:

The Associated Press: With incentives and brute force, Islamic State subduing tribes in Syria, Iraq, 2014.

Global Post: Who are the tribesmen standing up to the Islamic State in Syria?, 2014

Daily Star: Sahwa-like resistance against ISIS unlikely to erupt in Syria’s east, 2014.

Syria Deeply: How entrenched is ISIS in Syria – and can it be rooted out?, 2014.

The Courier Newspaper: Syrian student in St Andrews – ‘British bombs must not reinforce IS narratives that this is another crusade against Muslims’, 2015.

Syria Deeply: Tribal ‘Blood Ties’ and Syria’s Civil War: Q&A, 2015

BBC Radio Scotland: Christmas Morning with Cathy Macdonald and Ricky Ross, 2015

Harvard Political Review: Aleppo: The Final Frontier?, 2016

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: Bombers over Hasakah: Assad Clashes With the Kurds, 2016

L'Orient-Le Jour (in French): Quel rôle pour les tribus en Syrie?, 2016

Syria Direct, The day after: What happens when IS is defeated?, 2017

Chrome Radio: On growing up in Palmyra and the role of Syria's tribes in the conflict, 2018

Syria Direct: With the Islamic State almost entirely pushed out of Deir e-Zor, how can eastern Syria’s tribes pick up the pieces? 2018.


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