Haian Dukhan


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Address: Edinburgh, UK



Haian Dukhan has recently received his PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews. During Dukhan’s work on his PhD, he published many papers that were cited by different prestigious media outlets. He also received many grants and awards for his academic performance. Dukhan’s work was presented by him at many universities and research centres around the world. He is currently working on turning his PhD dissertation into a book to be published in the coming year. He is also a freelance researcher and adviser for Syrian civil society organizations, governments, private and multilateral institutions.

Educational Background

Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations

September 2012 – March 2016: University of St Andrews, United Kingdom

Thesis Title: The Tribes and the State: Informal Alliances and Conflict Patterns in Contemporary Syria (Supervisors: Prof. Raymond Hinnebusch and Dr. Timothy Wilson)

Master of Arts in Development Studies

September 2009 – September 2010: University of East Anglia, United Kingdom

Thesis Title: Development-Induced Displacement of the Bedouin in Syria (Supervisor: Prof. Mark Zeitoun)

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature

September 1999 – September 2003: Al-Ba’th University, Syria



 A book proposal, based on the PhD topic, has been accepted by a publisher and work on a manuscript is ongoing for submission to the publisher soon.

Peer-reviewed articles

Development-Induced Displacement among Syria’s Bedouin, Nomadic Peoples Journal, Volume 18, Number 1, 2014, pp. 61-79(19)

Tribes and Tribalism in the Syrian Uprising, Syria Studies Journal, (2014), Vol 6, No 2

A Thematic Analysis of Vocal Hymns (Nasheeds) by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), co-authored with Moutaz Alkheder, Journal for Intelligence, Propaganda and Security Studies (September, 2017)

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.

Short 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

The Islamic State: Balancing the Islamic and the Tribal Identity, The International Academic forum, 2015

 Who are the Tadamera? Modern Life Among the Ruins of Palmyra, Bergen University, 2016

Conference Participation

The Second Postgraduate Conference on Syria: Syrian Uprising, Drivers and Dynamics, University of St Andrews, 2013

The 17th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Manchester, 2013

Symposium on Reassessment of the Arab Springs organised by the the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World and the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester, 2013.

LSE Middle East Centre PhD Conference: Contentious Politics in the Middle East, London, 2013.

1st Nottingham Postgraduate Conference on Security and Conflict, University of Nottingham, 2014.

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 the Middle East and Central Asia 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.

 Invited Talks

University of St Andrews, Institute of Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus Studies (MECACS) to give a seminar titled: “Syrian Uprising: Sect and Tribe”, University of St Andrews, 2013.

University of Bergen, The Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies to give a seminar titled: “Bedouin Tribes: from the Great Arab Revolt to the Syrian Uprising”, 2014.

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

Awards and Funding

Chevening Scholarship from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) towards my MA in International Development at the University of East Anglia, 2009

Asfari Foundation Scholarship towards my PhD in International Relations at the University of St Andrews, 2012

Grant from Manchester University to cover the expenses of my participation in a symposium on reassessing the Arab Spring Revolutions, 2013

Grant from Roskilde University/Department of Society and Globalisation to fund my participation in “Secular Ideology in the Middle East” Research Project in Denmark, 2014

Grant from Bergen University to fund my travel to Norway to give a seminar at Bergen University, 2014

Grant from Buckingham University to give a talk at Buckingham, 2014

Grant from Wenner-Gren Foundation to take part in a six days’ workshop and the Desert Studies Conference at Oxford University, 2015

Grant from the Australian National University to fund my participation in a conference organised by the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, 2015

Grant from the Association for the Study of Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) to fund my participating in their eighth annual conference in Washington DC, 2015

Doctoral Research Award from the Association of British Turkish Academics, London, 2016

Grant from the Norwegian Research Council to write an article for Bergen Museum and give a talk there at the opening of an art exhibition on Palmyra, 2017

Grant from the American Political Association (APSA) to fund my participation in their research and publication conference in Tunisia, 2017

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

Professional Affiliations

Chevening network alumni

Centre for Syrian Studies (University of St Andrews) Associate Research Fellow

Asfari Foundation Alumni

American Political Science Association alumni (APSA)

Events Organising

First Middle East Couchsurfing Meeting, Palmyra, Syria, 2010

St Andrews Academic conference on Syria, 2013

St Andrews Arts Festival “Stand for Syria”, 2015


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