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Harith Hasan

Carnegie Middle East Center

Harith Hasan is a nonresident senior fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research focuses on border, identity politics, religious actors, and state-society relations in Iraq. He holds a PhD in Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability from the Sant’Anna School for Advanced Studies. Harith has published articles, essays, and papers in both English and Arabic media. His latest publications include “The Transformations of Iraqi-Syrian Border: From a National to a Regional Frontier” (April 2020, Carnegie Middle East Center, co-authored); “State Atrophy and the Reconfiguration of Borderlands in Syria and Iraq: Post-2011 Dynamics in the Journal of Political Geography” (June 2020).   

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

Harith Hasan’s XCEPT research

Research report

29th March 2022
In Iraq’s Eastern Basra region, regional conflicts and illicit activity have contributed to environmental decay, which in turn furthers instability. U...

Research report

30th March 2021
The Iraqi-Syrian border continues to be geopolitically restless. Kurdish parties have taken advantage of central government weaknesses to increase t...

Research report

31st March 2020
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 ...


26th September 2019
As its authority has weakened, the Iraqi central government’s control over its borders has also eroded.


27th June 2019
In the Iraqi governorate of Nineveh, contestation between its capital Mosul and rural communities sits alongside other ethnic, religious and sectarian...


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