Ibrahim Frai​hat is an international conflict resolution professor at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies and Georgetown University. He previously served as senior foreign policy fellow at the Brookings Institution, and taught international conflict resolution at George Washington University and George Mason University. His latest book is 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, Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, and the Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Alhayat, on the CNN and 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. 

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, transitions, national reconciliation, national dialogue, and institutional reform.

Selected publications by Dr. Fraihat include: "Preventing a New Displacement for the Palestinian Double Refugees?" Harvard Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy, "Keeping Iran and Saudi Arabia from War: Getting Riyadh and Tehran to Talk," Foreign Affairs, "For the Sake of Peace or Justice? Truth, Accountability, and Amnesty in the Middle East ", in Transitional Justice in the Middle East, University of Oxford Press/Hurst, "Can the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Resolve Conflicts?" Conflict and Peace Studies," and "International Intervention, Justice and Accountability in Yemen," European Council on Foreign Relations.

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Fraihat also writes on the Huffington Post

Education

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

Languages

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. 

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

  • Introduction to conflict resolution
  • International conflict resolution
  • Conflict prevention and early warning
  • Post-conflict reconstruction
  • Negotiation and international mediation
  • Foreign policy
  • Geopolitics

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

Libya's Displacement Crisis: Uprooted by Revolution and Civil War​. Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, December 2015. (co-authored) 

"For the Sake of Peace or Justice? Truth, Accountability, and Amnesty in the Middle East ", in Mehran Kamrava (ed.) Transitional Justice in the Middle East. University of Oxford Press, forthcoming, (co-authored)

"Keeping Iran and Saudi Arabia from War: Getting Riyadh and Tehran to Talk," Foreign Affairs, May, 2016

"Room for Containment? The Iran Deal and the Neighboring Arab States," in Payam Mohseni (ed.) Iran and the Arab World after the Nuclear Deal. Cambridge, Mass.: Report for Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, 2015

 "Managing Tunisia's Transition," in Charles Villa-Vicencio, Erik Doxtader, and Ebrahim Moosa (eds.), The African Renaissance and the Afro-Arab Spring, Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, 2015

"Preventing a New Displacement for the Palestinian Double Refugees?" Harvard Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy, vol. 3, 2013-2014, 10-15

"International Intervention, Justice and Accountability in Yemen." European Council on Foreign Relations. (November 2013)

"Can the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Resolve Conflicts?" Conflict and Peace Studies, vol. 19, no. 2 (Fall 2012), 219-236.

"Imperatives for the Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Libya." Conflict Trends, no. 4 (Fall 2011), 3-10.

Ibrahim Fraihat
Doha Institute for Graduate Studies
Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies
PO Box 200592
Doha, Qatar 

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