I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, and co-founder of the Middle East critical theory blog La Formoisie. My research on military coups d'état uses Arabic language memoirs and British Foreign Office documents to demonstrate why civilian politicians, rather than ambitious officers, led most of the Middle East's postwar coup conspiracies. By placing the region's post-colonial coups within a wider story of political development and global radicalism, the project resists the tendency to reduce the sources of power in coup-prone states to tanks, bombs, and guns.
A chapter of this study, Politicians at Arms, was published in June 2018 with Armed Forces & Society and is available here. The article shows why and under what conditions elite civilian politicians in Iraq (1936) and Syria (1951) enlisted soldiers in coup conspiracies. The dissertation includes additional case studies of Egypt, Turkey, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, and Tunisia.
As well as my research, I am dedicated to pedagogy that includes classroom discussion and independent research. I have taught course topics in International Relations, Comparative Politics, Security Studies, and Middle East Studies, including Middle East history.
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