Steven Heydemann

Vice President, Applied Research on Conflict

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.




Jonas Claes, Steven Heydemann
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.
Steven Heydemann
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.
Daniel Brumberg, Steven Heydemann
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.
Abiodun Williams, Daniel Brumberg, Qamar-ul Huda, Steven Heydemann
January 21, 2010
This Working Paper is the culmination of the work of the Study Group on Reform and Security.

Articles & Analysis by this Expert

June 2, 2014
Steven Heydemann

On June 3, in a parody of democracy, Bashar al-Assad will be reelected as president of Syria for his third seven-year term. If he serves out this term, Assad will be eligible to run for a fourth term in 2021 that would extend his presidency to 28 years -- two years short of his father's tenure. Syrians may yet be spared almost six decades of direct Assad family rule, but the outcome of Tuesday's vote is a foregone conclusion.

June 13, 2014
Khitam Al-Khaykanee, Raya Barazanji, Sarhang Hamasaeed, Steven Heydemann
December 6, 2013
Steven Heydemann
November 20, 2013
Steven Heydemann

In the News

September 24, 2014

We asked Joshua Landis, the director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, and Steven Heydemann, vice president for applied research on conflict at the U.S. Institute of Peace, for their analysis on a potential strike and ...