Research Associate
Spoken languages
French, English, Arabic
Areas of expertise
  • Authoritarian regimes
  • Political economy of the Middle East and North Africa
  • Leadership
  • Civil conflicts
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Middle East
  • North Africa


Souhail Belhadj Klaz, lecturer 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

  • La Syrie de Bashar al-Asad. Anatomie d'un régime autoritaire. Belin, 2013.

  • 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.

  • Sectarianism and Civil Conflict in Syria: Reconfigurations of a Reluctant Issue, in Paola Rivetti and Hendrik Kraetzschmar, Transformation of Political Islam. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, June 2018. (With Laura Ruiz de Elvira)

  • L’appareil sécuritaire syrien, socle d’un régime miné par la guerre civile. Confluences Méditerranée. Vol 2-n° 89. 2014.

  • "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).

  • Une décentralisation au-dessus de tout soupçon ? L'enjeu du pouvoir local dans la transition post-autoritaire, in Vincent Geisser and Amin Allal La Tunisie au présent: une démocratisation au-dessus de tout soupçon? CNRS Éditions, juin 2018.