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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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Publications

The Lines That Bind: 100 Years of Sykes-Picot

December 19, 2016

Policy Focus

Syrian Kurds as a U.S. Ally:

November 18, 2016

Policy Focus

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Most Recent Analysis

Preventing a Jihadist Factory in Idlib

August 31, 2017

The Race for Deir al-Zour Province

August 17, 2017

Not Money Alone: The Challenges of Syrian Reconstruction

August 9, 2017

An Opening for the Syrian Regime in Deir al-Zour

July 12, 2017

A Half-Million Syrian Returnees? A Look Behind the Numbers

July 7, 2017

Growing Risk of International Confrontation in the Syrian Desert

May 26, 2017

The Kurdish Path to Socialism in Syria

May 16, 2017

From Qamishli to Qamishlo: A Trip to Rojava’s New Capital

May 8, 2017

Assad's Chemical Attack Signals an Imminent Idlib Offensive

April 14, 2017

Rojava Seeks to Break Out in Syria

April 12, 2017

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Selected Outside Publications

"Experten-Prognose für 2016: 'Eine Million Syrer könnten nach Europa kommen'" - interview with Der Spiegel (2016)

Geopolitics of the Middle East (2014)

Atlas of the Arab Near East (2012)

The Alawite Region and Syrian Power (2006)

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