Dr. Ibrahim Fraihat is an associate professor in international conflict resolution at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, and non-resident fellow at Deakin University's Middle East Studies Forum in Australia. He previously served as senior foreign policy fellow at the Brookings Institution, and taught conflict resolution at Georgetown University and George Washington University. His latest book publications include: Iran and Saudi Arabia: Taming a Chaotic Conflict (Edinburgh University Press Feb. 2020),  Unfinished Revolutions: Yemen, Libya, and Tunisia after the Arab Spring  (Yale University Press, 2016).

Dr. Fraihat has published extensively on Middle East politics, with articles appearing in The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Huffington Post, Al Jazeera websites, and elsewhere. Fraihat received a doctorate in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University in 2006. He is the recipient of George Mason University's Distinguished Alumni Award (2014) for his achievements in the field of conflict resolution.  Dr. Fraihat was also awarded the Bronze Kondratieff Medal (2017) for "an outstanding contribution to the development of social sciences"

He consulted for international organizations on subjects of his research interest such as conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction in the Arab world, with a particular emphasis on conflict management and mediation, political transitions, national reconciliation, national dialogue, transitional justice, and institutional reform.


Ph.D. Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, Virginia, USA​


Arabic and English

Research Interests

Conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction in the Arab world, conflict management, negotiations, mediation (track I & II intervention), transitions, national dialogue, national reconciliation, transitional justice, refugees, and institutional reform. 

Arab-Israeli conflict, Iran and the Arab world, and political transitions in Yemen, Syria, Libya, and Tunisia.

Current Research

After the completion of a comparative study of the post-revolution transition processes in Yemen, Libya and Tunisia Dr. Fraihat is currently studying strategies of containment of the Arab-Iranian conflict and the mechanisms that could help prevent further escalation and better regulate the conflict development. The study assumes that an efficient management of the conflict should establish a foundation for more likely solutions in the future. Furthermore, the research examines the role of factors like sectarianism, nationalism, and geopolitics in Arab-Iran conflict escalation and attempts to identify alternative mechanisms that could help in de-escalation in the region especially in places like Syria, Yemen, and Iraq. ​

Teaching Interests

Early Warning and Conflict Prevention, Preventive Diplomacy, International Conflict Resolution, International Mediation and Negotiations, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Reconciliation, Conflict and Culture, Middle East Conflicts, and Research Methods (Quantitative & Qualitative)

Taught Courses

- Understanding Conflict

  • - Conflict Transformation and Peace Processes

    - Conflict Prevention

    - Conflict Reconstruction

    - International Conflict Resolution

    - Introduction to Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Fraihat, Ibrahim. Iran and Saudi Arabia: Taming a Chaotic Conflict. U.K.: Edinburgh University Press, February 2020

Fraihat, Ibrahim. Unfinished Revolutions: Yemen, Libya, and Tunisia After the Arab Spring. Connecticut: Yale University Press, February 2016

Megan Bradley, Ibrahim Fraihat, and Houda Mzioudet. Libya's Displacement Crisis: Uprooted by Revolution and Civil War. Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, December 2015.

Fraihat, Ibrahim, and Taha Yaseen. "Evolving Trends in the Post-Arab Spring Era: Implications for Peace and Stability in the MENA Region." Journal of Peacebuilding & Development 15, no. 3 (July 8, 2020): 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1177/1542316620934365.

Fraihat, Ibrahim. "Superpower and Small-State Mediation in the Qatar Gulf Crisis." The International Spectator 55, no. 2 (May 15, 2020): 79–91.

Fraihat, Ibrahim, and Andrew Leber. "China and the Middle East after the Arab Spring: From Status-Quo Observing to Proactive Engagement." Asian Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies 12, no. 1(March 16, 2019): 1-17.

Fraihat, Ibrahim. "Is Reconciliation with Authoritarian Regimes Possible?" AWRAQ, Magazine of Analysis and Thought about the Contemporary Arab and Islamic World, (published by Casa Arabe, Spain) no. 15 (March 2018): 49-70. (Spanish Language)

Fraihat, Ibrahim, and Bill Hess. "For the Sake of Peace or Justice? Truth, Accountability, and Amnesty in the Middle East." Edited by Chandra Lekha Sriram. In Transitional Justice in the Middle East and North Africa, 61-81. London: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Fraihat, Ibrahim. "Managing Tunisia's Transition." Edited by Charles Villa-Vicencio, Erik Doxtader, and Ebrahim Moosa. In The African Renaissance and the Afro-Arab Spring, 63-70. Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, 2015

فريحات، إبراهيم. "أكاديميون في مجلس الوزراء: تعزيز أم تراجع لدور الأكاديمي في المشروع الوطني الفلسطيني،" المجلة العربية لعلم الاجتماع – إضافات. ٤٩(٣٠ يونيو ٢٠٢٠) ص. ٢٣-٥٢

Email: ibrahim.fraihat@dohainstitute.edu.qa​​

Tel: +974 40356961

Mail Address

Ibrahim Fraihat

Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

School of Social Sciences and Humanities 

P.O.Box: 200592 

Doha, Qatar