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Dareen Khalifa

Senior Analyst, Syria
Istanbul, Turkey

Crisis Group Role

Dareen Khalifa is a Senior Analyst at the International Crisis Group working on security, conflict, politics, and governance in Syria.

Professional Background

Dareen has 13 years of experience working on the Middle East, with a particular focus on sub-state armed group dynamics, local governance, and civil society. She has worked on the Syria conflict in a number of roles since 2013, most recently with the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD), regularly traveling to Iraq and Syria to engage with various civilian and armed actors on initiatives to mitigate conflict. Dareen has an MA in Human Rights and Public Policy from University College London.

Area of Expertise

  • Sub-state armed group dynamics
  • Local governance
  • Civil society in Syria and the Middle East

Selected Publications

In addition to publishing numerous research outputs and policy reports for Kings College London, she has also published for the Washington Post among other outlets.

Languages

  • Arabic
  • English

In The News

23 May 2019
Idlib is a bargaining chip at this point and it’s extremely difficult to anticipate what happens next. The Guardian

Dareen Khalifa

Senior Analyst, Syria