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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

Assad's Chemical Attack Signals an Imminent Idlib Offensive

April 14, 2017

Rojava Seeks to Break Out in Syria

April 12, 2017

The Campaign to Retake Raqqa Is Accelerating

February 9, 2017

Will Astana Displace Geneva in the Syrian Peace Process?

January 20, 2017

The Battle for al-Bab Is Bringing U.S.-Turkish Tensions to a Head

January 9, 2017

A Tactical -- Not Strategic -- Ceasefire in Syria

January 6, 2017

Assad Needs 'Useless Syria' Too

January 4, 2017

Will Assad Target Idlib After Aleppo?

December 15, 2016

Beginning of the End for East Aleppo

November 30, 2016

Status of the Syrian Rebellion: Numbers, Ideologies, and Prospects

November 22, 2016

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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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