Spoken languages
French, English, Arabic
Areas of expertise
  • Local politics and political decentralisation
  • Security policy studies
  • Migration and mobility in the Mediterranean
  • Development cooperation in the Mediterranean
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Middle East
  • North Africa
  • Global Mediterranean


Souhail Belhadj Klaz, researcher and visiting professor in the Master in International and Development Studies (MINT-Graduate Institute), holds a PhD in Political Science at Sciences Po Paris. He benefits from 20 years of experience in research on politics in Syria and Tunisia and is the author of the book La Syrie de Bashar al-Asad. Anatomie d'un régime autoritaire (Belin 2013). With the support of the Gerda Henkel Foundation, he was the principal investigator of the three-year project (2016-2019) Tunisia Security Provision and Local State Authority in a Time of Transition. He is currently the leading investigator of the policy research project Mapping Military and Security Actors in the Syrian Economy and is conducting in parallel research on Migration, Mobility and the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership Cooperation Process. 


selected publications


  • Fragmentation of Peacemaking in Syria: Reality and Perception (with Bernardo Mariani). PeaceRep Report: Global Transitions Series. PeaceRep: The Peace and Conflict Resolution Evidence Platform, University of Edinburgh. June 2022. 

  • Report contributor: Evaluation of the European Union's cooperation with Tunisia, 2011-2019 - Report commissioned by DG NEAR, INTPA, and ECHO of the European Commission. March 2022.

  • Le processus d’Astana ne fait qu’éterniser le conflit syrien au lieu d’y mettre un terme. Op Ed published in the French Newspaper Le Monde, 16 March 2021

  •  "The country should unite first”: State and territory in Syria under the Baath rules, in Matthieu Cimino Exploring Syria's Borders and Boundaries. Palgrave Macmillan. September 2019.

  • Décentraliser dans la Tunisie post-autoritaire: l’émergence d’un pouvoir local face aux limites du consensus sécuritaire. Working paper. Centre on Conflict Development and Peacbuilding, Geneva. September 2018.