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.




Steven Heydemann
November 19, 2014
Dr. Steven Heydemann, vice president of the Center for Applied Research on Conflict at the U.S. Institute of Peace, testifies before a House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa.
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.

Articles & Analysis by this Expert

December 1, 2014
Steven Heydemann

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 13, 2014
Khitam Al-Khaykanee, Raya Barazanji, Sarhang Hamasaeed, Steven Heydemann
November 20, 2013
Steven Heydemann
September 30, 2013
Manal Omar, Steven Heydemann
September 4, 2013
Steven Heydemann

In the News

December 4, 2014

During the Arab uprisings of late 2010 and 2011, it seemed that the strategies Arab leaders had adopted to keep themselves in power had left them vulnerable to an uncontrollable surge of mass mobilization. Yet by late 2014, even as Arab regimes ...