Nanar Hawach

Nanar Hawach

Senior Analyst, Syria

Crisis Group Role

As Senior Analyst for Syria, Nanar researches conflict dynamics, politics, governance and non-state actors in the country.

Professional Background

Nanar holds a PhD in Political Science from Université Libre de Bruxelles. As a Senior Analyst at the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP), he has an extensive background in analysing armed conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa. In his research, he has conducted in-depth fieldwork on issues such as governance, pro-government militias, civil resistance against Jihadist groups and violent extremism. He has also worked as a consultant for the World Bank and the UNDP.

Areas of Expertise

  • Armed conflict
  • Political and military dynamics
  • Non-state actors
  • Governance


  • Arabic 
  • English

Select Publications

  • Confronting the Caliphate: Civil Resistance in Jihadist Proto-States, Oxford University Press (2022)
  • Organized violence 1989–2020, with a special emphasis on Syria, Journal of Peace Research (2021)

In The News

30 avr 2024
International reporting on the Middle East is focused on the Gaza war…, which has further reduced the visibility of the Syrian conflict. Arab News

Nanar Hawach

Senior Analyst, Syria

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