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Fabrice Balanche

Visiting Fellow

Fabrice Balanche, an associate professor and research director at the University of Lyon 2, is a visiting fellow at The Washington Institute.
 

Areas of Expertise

Syria, Arab and Islamic Politics

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Biography

Fabrice Balanche, an associate professor and research director at the University of Lyon 2, is a visiting fellow at The Washington Institute.

Balanche, who also directs the Research Group on the Mediterranean and the Middle East (GREMMO), has spent ten years in Lebanon and Syria, his main areas of study, since first engaging in fieldwork in the region in 1990. Today, he is frequently called upon as an expert consultant on Middle East development issues and the Syrian crisis. His publications include Geopolitics of the Middle East (2014, in French), Atlas of the Arab Near East (2012, in French and Arabic), and the book version of his thesis, The Alawite Region and Syrian Power (2006, in French). Balanche holds a doctorate in geography from the University of Tours (2000).

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Education

PhD, geography, University of Tours; MA, geography, University of Tours; BA, geography and history, University of Besançon

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Languages Spoken / Read

  • Arabic
  • French

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Selected Outside Publications

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Geopolitics of the Middle East (2014)

Atlas of the Arab Near East (2012)

The Alawite Region and Syrian Power (2006)

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