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Kevin Mazur

Fellow, Future of Conflict

Crisis Group Role

As a Future of Conflict Fellow, Kevin Mazur works with country analysts to bring a range of quantitative methods and data sources to bear on pressing issues in their countries of focus, primarily in the Arab world.

Professional Background

Kevin has spent multiple years living in and conducting research across several Arab cities. He holds a PhD in Politics from Princeton University and was previously a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

Areas of Expertise

  • Social structure and politics of the Levant 
  • Role of networks and identities in governance and violent conflict
  • Political economy of conflict
  • Construction of sub-national datasets
  • Analysis using geographic information systems (GIS)


  • English
  • Arabic

Select Publications

  • Networks, informal governance, and ethnic violence in a Syrian city,” World Politics, 72:3, 2020.
  • Dayr al-Zur from revolution to ISIS: local networks, hybrid identities, and outside authorities,” (in Syria: Borders, Boundaries, and the State, ed. Matthieu Cimino, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2020).
  • State networks and intra-ethnic group variation in the 2011 Syrian uprising,” Comparative Political Studies, 52:7, 2019. 
  • Local intermediaries in post-2011 Syria: transformation and continuity, (edited, with Kheder Khaddour), Beirut: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 2019.