Yezid Sayigh

Senior Fellow
Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center
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Yezid Sayigh is a senior fellow at the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where he leads the program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States (CMRAS). His work focuses on the comparative political and economic roles of Arab armed forces and nonstate actors, the impact of war on states and societies, and the politics of postconflict reconstruction and security sector transformation in Arab transitions, and authoritarian resurgence.
 

Education

PhD, War Studies, King’s College London 
BSc, Chemistry, American University of Beirut 

Languages

Arabic; English; French

 

Yezid Sayigh is a senior fellow at the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where he leads the program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States (CMRAS). His work focuses on the comparative political and economic roles of Arab armed forces and nonstate actors, the impact of war on states and societies, and the politics of postconflict reconstruction and security sector transformation in Arab transitions, and authoritarian resurgence.

Previously, Sayigh held teaching and research positions at King’s College London, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Oxford. From 1998–2003, he also headed the Middle East program of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. Sayigh was also an adviser and negotiator in the Palestinian delegation to the peace talks with Israel and headed the Palestinian delegation to the multilateral peace talks on Arms Control and Regional Security from 1991–1994. From 1999, he provided policy and technical consultancy on the permanent-status peace talks and on Palestinian reform.

Sayigh is the author of numerous publications, including most recently Praetorian spearhead: The role of the military in the evolution of Egypt’s state capitalism 3.0 (2021); Owners of the Republic: An Anatomy of Egypt’s Military Economy (2019); Dilemmas of Reform: Policing in Arab Transitions (March 2016); Crumbling States: Security Sector Reform in Libya and Yemen (June 2015); Missed Opportunity: The Politics of Police Reform in Egypt and Tunisia (March 2015); The Syrian Opposition’s Leadership Problem (April 2013); Above the State: The Officers’ Republic in Egypt (August 2012); “We serve the people”: Hamas policing in Gaza (2011); and Policing the People, Building the State: Authoritarian transformation in the West Bank and Gaza (2011). He is the author of the award-winning Armed Struggle and the Search for State: The Palestinian National Movement, 1949-1993 (Oxford, 1997).

  • December 12, 2019
    ‘The Military Don't Really Understand How Markets Work’

    Yezid Sayigh has spent many years closely examining the interdependence of the military and the economy in Egypt. He explains why investors are skating on thin ice putting their money into country and why the military is hiding in the TV market.

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  • Al Jazeera English October 13, 2017
    Can Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation Deal Succeed?

    Egypt and Palestinian parties have strong tactical reasons to make the reconciliation deal work.

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  • RT July 17, 2016
    No Russin'?

    The conflict in Syria is a complex one with different world powers and the Syrian opposition playing different roles that have changed over time.

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  • Al Jazeera English November 6, 2014
    U.S-led Air Raids Target Syria Rebel Groups

    U.S.-led air raids have struck Syrian rebels not linked to the Islamic State, expanding the coalitions raids for the second time to other groups fighting in Syria, including Ahrar al-Sham and the Nusra Front.

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  • ABC’s Lateline September 24, 2014
    Strikes May Produce Surge in IS Recruitment

    Airstrikes targeting the Islamic State, as well as regional involvement with the United States, could produce an extra surge of recruits and provide more momentum and grist to the jihadist group.

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  • Press TV August 2, 2014
    Kurdish Statehood: An Israeli Wish

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for the creation of an independent Kurdish state. But why has Israel expressed support for Kurdish independence?

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  • France 24 July 24, 2014
    Israel-Gaza Conflict: The Elusive Search for a Ceasefire

    Israel and Hamas have found themselves sucked into a conflict that neither side really wanted and that outside powers seem reluctant or unable to stop.

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  • ABC NewsRadio May 29, 2014
    Syrian Refugees Start Voting in the Presidential Election

    Thousands have flooded the voting booths for the Syrian presidential elections in places like Lebanon and Jordan.

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  • openSecurity July 2, 2013
    Syria: No Military Victory, No Political Solution?

    The Friends of Syria have played what may be their last card. What difference will it make on the ground?

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  • The Gulf States in Search of a Purpose as a Post-Hydrocarbons Era Nears
    December 9, 2021 YouTube @CARNEGIEMENA عربي
    The Gulf States in Search of a Purpose as a Post-Hydrocarbons Era Nears

    Join us on Thursday, December 9 from 17:30-18:30 EET for a public panel discussion with Yasmine Farouk, Jane Kinninmont and Kristian Ulrichsen chaired by Yezid Sayigh.

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  • Navigating a Turbulent Future: What to Expect in 2022?
    December 9, 2021 Live on YouTube and Facebook عربي
    Navigating a Turbulent Future? What to Expect in 2022

    The Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center will be holding its fifth annual conference on Wednesday, December 8, and Thursday, December 9, 2021, to delve deeper into what to expect in 2022.

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  • Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Arab Uprisings - Voices from the region: Lessons learned and prospects for the future
    April 7, 2021 Live on YouTube and Facebook عربي
    Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Arab Uprisings

    To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Arab uprisings, the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom are organizing a conference to examine the past decade and in particular the mistakes that were made along the way.

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  • Ten Years On: Counter-Revolutions in the Arab World
    April 6, 2021 Live on YouTube and Facebook
    Ten Years On: Counter-Revolutions in the Arab World

    This panel will engage in a thorough exploration and a detailed mapping of the various strategies as well as the tactics that have been adopted by both the protestors and incumbent regimes in handling the post-2011 political order.

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  • North Africa in Transition
    December 16, 2020 YouTube @CarnegieMENA عربي
    North Africa: Tension as the New Normal?

    Held on Dec. 16 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST (5:30-7:00 p.m. Beirut). North Africa has witnessed a tumultuous year with persistent conflict in Libya, popular protests in Algeria, tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia over Addis Ababa’s building of a dam on the Nile, and recent skirmishes in the West Sahara, which might threaten the region’s stability. Panelists will explore the implications of these unfolding dynamics and discuss the future of the region’s autocratic regimes, geopolitical rivalries, as well as the alliances that will shape North Africa in 2021.

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  • A Global Renewal? What to Expect in 2021
    December 16, 2020 Live on YouTube @CarnegieMENA عربي
    A Global Renewal? What to Expect in 2021

    The conference will consist of six virtual discussions that will provide a look ahead to 2021, focusing on what Carnegie scholars and other experts believe will be the most significant and challenging issues facing the Middle East and North Africa in their interaction with international actors.

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  • Owners of the Republic
    December 6, 2019 Beirut, Lebanon عربي
    Owners of the Republic

    The report dissects Egypt’s military-led economic model and offers thoughts on how external actors can engage with the country’s formal and informal networks.

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  • The Military and Politics: The Cases of Algeria, Egypt, Libya, and Sudan
    May 28, 2019 Beirut, Lebanon عربي
    The Military and Politics: The Cases of Algeria, Egypt, Libya, and Sudan

    The armed forces have been a central political player and the real locus of power in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, and Sudan for the past 60 years.

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  • July 30, 2018 Beirut, Lebanon عربي
    Iraq’s Paramilitary Challenge: Rebuilding a Functioning State

    Iraq’s three-year battle against the so-called Islamic State (IS) empowered an array of armed actors that enjoy state legitimacy yet operate autonomously from state security forces.

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  • December 13, 2017 Phoenicia InterContinental Hotel عربي
    A World on Edge: What to Expect in 2018

    The year 2017 witnessed serious upheavals, from Saudi Arabia’s internal purge and the end of the Islamic State to the serial Iranian and Russian triumphs in Syria.

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