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Kheder Khaddour

Carnegie Middle East Center

KhederKhaddour is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center. His research centers on civil military relations and local identities in the Levant, with a focus on Syria.  Kheder’s most recent publications include “The Transformation of the Iraqi-Syrian Border: From a National to a Regional Frontier” (March 2020, Carnegie Middle East Center Paper, co-authored); “Localism, War, and the Fragmentation of Sunni Islam in Syria” (March 2019, Carnegie Middle East Center Paper); “Building from the wreckage: intermediaries in contemporary Syria,” in Local intermediaries in post-2011 Syria: transformation and continuity (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 2019). 

Kheder is a Research Lead for XCEPT at the Carnegie Middle East Center. He leads research by the X-Border Local Research Network on the Syrian borders. 


Kheder Khaddour’s XCEPT research


2nd June 2021

How the Small Town of Sarmada Became Syria’s Gateway to the ...

Idlib is heavily dependent on the delivery of aid, the disruption of which would almost surely create a humanitarian crisis.


30th March 2021

The Making of the Kurdish Frontier: Power, Conflict, and Gov...

The Iraqi-Syrian border continues to be geopolitically restless. Kurdish parties have taken advantage of central government weaknesses to increase t...


15th December 2020

A Voice for Those in the Field

Because of Covid-19 restrictions, researchers have had to find alternative ways of getting information.


2nd October 2020

A Fluid Frontier

Turkey is altering the nature of Syrian border areas, perhaps presaging more far-reaching steps.


8th June 2020

The Stakes in the Syrian-Turkish Border Zone

The Syrian-Turkish border has also allowed Turkey to play a greater role in Syria, fulfilling Turkish regional ambitions while also generating economi...


31st March 2020

The Transformation of the Iraqi-Syrian Border: From a Nation...

The Iraqi-Syrian border near Qaim and Bukamal has become a magnet for conflict, as Iraqi and Syrian state actors compete with Iranian-backed nonstate ...


2nd September 2019

Much More Than a Border 

Albukamal and Qaim lie on a Syrian-Iraqi boundary that has had regional implications for decades.


22nd February 2019

A Line in the Sand

The Syrian-Iraqi border has become a point of confrontation among regional and international powers.


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