Steven Heydemann

Former Vice President, Applied Research on Conflict

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Steven Heydemann serves as the vice president of Applied Research on Conflict at USIP. Heydemann is a political scientist who specializes in the comparative politics and the political economy of the Middle East, with a particular focus on Syria. His interests include authoritarian governance, economic development, social policy, political and economic reform and civil society.

From 2003 to 2007, Heydemann directed the Center for Democracy and Civil Society at Georgetown University. From 1997 to 2001, he was an associate professor in the department of political science at Columbia University. Earlier, from 1990-1997, he directed the Social Science Research Council’s Program on International Peace and Security and Program on the Near and Middle East.



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December 1, 2014

Following his testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa last week, USIP’s Steven Heydemann reflected on the reactions of the subcommittee members and a near consensus agreement that only an integrated Iraq-Syria strategy will be successful in defeating ISIS.

June 2, 2014
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December 6, 2013
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March 20, 2014
The Insights newsletter is a new USIP publication that highlights the intersection between theory and practice in the peacebuilding field on a quarterly basis.
December 7, 2012
USIP Senior Adviser for Middle East Initiatives gave the following testimony to a briefing cosponsored by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC) and the International Religious Freedom Caucus (IRFC). Heydemann discussed human rights, minorities and the challenges of accountability in Syria.
November 16, 2010
Facilitated by the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Stimson Center, "Engagement, Coercion, and Iran's Nuclear Challenge" is the culmination of recommendations from a distinguished group of more than 40 scholars and policy analysts, who met regularly over the past year to evaluate how the U.S. should proceed in its strategy with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
January 21, 2010
This Working Paper is the culmination of the work of the Study Group on Reform and Security.