Research Fellow

Dr Tamirace Fakhoury

Current Fellows

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
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Dr Tamirace Fakhoury joins the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Postdoc Fellow from June 2018 to February 2019. She conducts her research in the Research Unit "Global Cooperation and Polycentric Governance".

Research Project at the Centre

The European Union’s (EU) Role in the Multi-Level Governance (MLG) of Large-Scale Displacement

The project sets out to explore how the EU, traditionally involved in the governance of migration in the region, has dealt with large-scale displacement in Syria’s neighbourhood and how it has constructed its refugee governance tools in a broader interactional context. It will explore the EU’s discursive practices and policy formulation processes since the onset of Syria’s displacement crisis, and will shed light on how the EU has interacted with other ‘migration governors’ in Syria’s neighbourhood— namely the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the League of Arab States or the Arab League (LAS), and the Arab refugee hosting state (focus on Jordan and Lebanon). The project will show that the EU has not departed from the ‘security-stability’ nexus it has traditionally upheld. Thus, it has linked in complex ways its refugee assistance and resilience building instruments in Syria’s neighbourhood to its own strategy of security. At the same time, an understanding of the EU’s policy discourses and tools remains incomplete if we do not embed such discourses and tools within a larger recursive, context-driven and dynamic process. The aim is to show how broader institutional linkages and regime complexes shape and contest the EU’s role in refugee governance.

Research Interests

  • Conflict and Power Sharing in Divided Societies
  • Migration and Refugee Governance
  • The European Union’s Politics in the Middle East
  • Diaspora Politics


since 09/2017 Lebanese American University, Lebanon
Social Sciences Department
Associate Professor in Political Sciences and International Affairs
since 01/2016 Lebanese American University, Lebanon
Institute for Social Justice and Conflict Resolution (ISJCR)
Associate Director
07/2012-08/2016 University of California, Berkeley, USA
International and Area Studies
Visiting Assistant Professor (Summer Term)
03/2011-06/2011 University of California, Berkeley, USA
Centre for Middle East Studies (CMES)
Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar
09/2010-08/2011 European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy
Migration Policy Center (MPC)
Jean Monnet Postdoctoral Fellow
01/2008-08/2010 European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy
Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration (CARIM)
Sociopolitical Module
Research Fellow & Coordinator
03/2003-12/2007 University of Freiburg, Germany
Arnold Bergstraesser Institute for Development Studies (ABI)
Scientific Researcher and Doctoral Candidate
1996-2003 International College, Lebanon
Middle School Teacher & Coordinator of the Social Studies Programme for the French Brevet

Selected Publications

Fakhoury Tamirace (2018): Multi-Level Governance and Migration Politics in the Arab World: The Case of Syria’s Displacement, in: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Nagle, John and Fakhoury, Tamirace (2018): Between Co-Option and Radical Opposition: A Comparative Analysis of the Consequences of Liberal and Corporate Power Sharing on Gender and LGBT Movements in Northern Ireland and Lebanon, in: Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 24 (1), p. 82-99.

Brand, Laurie A. and Fakhoury, Tamirace (2018): Migration and Transnational Governance: Middle East Cases and Challenges, in: Journal of Middle East and North African Migration Studies 5 (1).

Fakhoury, Tamirace (2018): The Arab Uprisings and the Politics of Contention Beyond Borders: The Case of Egyptian Communities in the United States, in: Journal of Middle East and North African Migration Studies 5 (1).

Fakhoury, Tamirace (2017): Governance Strategies and Refugee Response: Lebanon in the Face of Syrian Displacement, in: International Journal of Middle East Studies 49 (4), p. 681–700.

Fakhoury, Tamirace (2017): The European Union’s Engagement in Conflict Processes and Conflict Spillovers: The Case of Lebanon since the Outbreak of the Syrian War, in: European Foreign Affairs Review 22 (1): p. 39–58.

Darwich, May and Fakhoury, Tamirace (2017): Casting the Other as a Threat: The Securitization of Sectarianism in the International Relations of the Syria Crisis, in: Global Discourse 6 (4), p. 712–732.

Fakhoury, Tamirace (2016): Securitising Migration: The European Union in the Context of the Post-2011 Arab Upheavals, in: The International Spectator 51 (4): p. 67–79.

Fakhoury, Tamirace (2015): Transnational Immigrant Narratives on Arab Democracy: The Case of Student Associations at UC Berkeley, in: International Migration, 53 (3): p. 8–21.

Fakhoury, Tamirace (2014): The EU and Lebanon in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings, in: Middle East Policy 21 (1): p. 133–143.

Fakhoury, Tamirace (2014): Do Power-Sharing Systems Behave Differently amid Regional Uprisings? Lebanon in the Arab Protest Wave, in: Middle East Journal, 68 (4): p. 505–520.

Fakhoury, Tamirace (2009): Democracy and Power-Sharing in Stormy Weather: the Case of Lebanon, Springer: Wiesbaden.

Teaching Responsibilities

Seleted Teaching Appointments:

  • 08/2017: Seminar ‘Arab World Uprisings and their Spillovers: Governance Dilemmas and Social
    Challenges’, at the International Summer University (ISU) of the Philipps-Universität Marburg
  • 06/2017: Seminar ‘Regional Governance of the Syrian Refugee Crisis’, Summer School on the Regional Governance of Migration, University of Geneva.
  • 07/2014: Seminar ‘Migration Governance in the Arab World’, Summer School on Understanding the Middle East, University of Torino.
  • 01/2014: Seminar, ‘The Nexus between Migration and Political Change in the Arab Uprisings’, in the framework of the Master Program on Euro-Mediterranean relations, the Rovira i Virgili University of Tarragona.

Expertise and Consulting Work

Editorial Activities and Editorial Board Membership

  • Reviewer for the journals Nationalism and Ethnic politics, Civil Wars, Ethnicities, and Mediterranean Politics, the Middle East Journal.
  • 2017: Book Reviewer for Palgrave
  • As of 02/2016: Member of the Academic Council of the European Neighborhood Council, Brussels.
  • As of spring 2016: Member of the International Advisory Board for the Journal Mediterranean Politics

Grant Reviewing

  • 2016: Member of the Pool of International Experts (PIE) assessing proposals for the Call for applied research on addressing mixed migration flows in the research program “Security and Rule of Law in Fragile and Conflict-Affected settings” (FCAS), WOTRO, Foreign Ministry of the Netherlands.
  • 2016: Reviewer for membership applications at the Arab-German Young Academy of Humanities and Sciences, Berlin
  • 2015: External reviewer for the research proposals of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)
  • 2015/2016: External reviewer for the Research Enhancement Fund, New York University (NYU), Abu Dhabi

Research and consultancy projects (Partial list)

  • 2017/2018: Co-lead expert in the Project ‘Methodologies for Mapping the Jordanian Diaspora’, Support to the Mobility Partnership between the European Union and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)
  • 2017: Part of the team of experts for the Migration Scenario Building initiative, ‘What Future for International Migration and Human Mobility?’, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Geneva.
  • As of 09/2016: Research associate at the International Nuremberg Principles Academy, Nuremberg, Germany.
  • 2014: Author of the Report on International Alert’s Use of Dialogue and its impact on Peacebuilding in Lebanon
  • 2013-2015: Evaluation and monitoring of International Alert’s projects on Security Sector Reform and the youthbased politics of Dialogue in Lebanon (London and Beirut).
  • 2013: Research associate in the project ‘Spaces of Liberation’, University of California, Berkeley and the University of Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Since 2009: Regional expert and reviewer for the country Lebanon in the Bertelsmann Transformation Index, Germany.

Seminars and Conferences

Organization of Workshops and Conferences:

  • 11/2017: International workshop, ‘The Politics of Reception in Syria’s Neighbourhood’ (cooperation between GIGA and LAU), LAU Byblos
  • 10/2017: International workshop, ‘Lebanon and the Arab Spring’ Cooperation between LAU and the University of Southern Denmark, LAU, Byblos
  • 04/2017: International workshop, Refugee Transfers in the Euro- Mediterranean Zone: Towards a Transhistorical and Transregional Approach in times of Crisis, coorganized with the University of Heidelberg, LAU, Byblos
  • 09/2016: Final Conference for the project ‘Syrian Refugee Justice Concerns and Access to Formal and Informal Justice’, LAU, International Alert, UNESCO, Byblos.
  • 03/2016: UNESCO-LAU-International Alert Roundtable presenting the results of a nation-wide survey on Syrian refugee justice concerns and recourse to justice, LAU, Beirut.
  • 11/2015: UNESCO-LAU-International Alert Roundtable disseminating the results of Syrian Refugee access to the courts in Lebanon, in the framework of the Project, ‘Syrian Refugee Justice Concerns’, Monroe Suites, Beirut.

Invited Lectures (Selection, since 2017):

  • 10/2017: The Political Discourse vis-à-vis Displacement in the Middle East, Conference on International Cooperation in Responsibility-Sharing for Refugees in the Euro-Mediterranean Space, American University of Cairo
  • 9/2017: The multi-level governance of displacement in Syria’s neighbourhood, Friederich Ebert Foundation, Jordan Amman
  • 6/2017: Regional Governance of the Syrian Refugee Crisis in the Arab Middle East: Competing Agendas and Sites of Authority, International Workshop on Regional Approaches in Migration/Asylum Governance: Advancing the International Agenda, University of Geneva.
  • 5/2017: Lebanon’s Response to Syrian Displacement: Any Implications for Global Refugee Governance? Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV), Ruhr University Bochum.


  • Seit 01/ 2014: Member of the core coordination team of the Global Migration Policy Associates (GMPA), Geneva
  • 2015-2017: Member of the Search committees for professorial positions in Political Science, LAU
  • 06/2015: External jury member in the PhD thesis committee ‘State Fragility in Syria and Assessment of Vulnerabilities to Violence during the Baath Rule’, University of Tarragona, Spain
  • 01/2015: External faculty advisor for the colloquium on evaluating thesis proposals for the MA program ‘Comparative and Middle East Politics and Society’, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen and the American University in Cairo, Tübingen, Germany
  • 2012/2013: Member of the task force on studying the feasibility of a PhD program in Political Science, LAU
  • Spring 2011: Temporary board member in the Berkeley Postdoctoral Association, University of California


Research Grants:

  • 7/2017-12/2017: Co-principal investigator ‘Truth-seeking Mechanisms and Transitional Justice for Syrian Refugees,’ cooperative project with Pierre Thielboerger (Uni of Bochum), Grant from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (20, 000 euro)
  • 2017/2018: Co-principal investigator ‘Refugee Knowledge Transfers in the Euro-Mediterranean Zone: Towards a Transhistorical and Transregional perspective’ cooperative project with Dr. Jenny Oesterle (Uni Heidelberg ); Grant from the BMBF; Milestones: international workshop in April 2017 and edited volume in 2018) (30, 000 euro)
  • 10/2014-11/2016: Co- principal investigator for the project ‘Syrian Communities Justice Concerns in Lebanon and Access to Formal and Informal Justice systems,’ grant from WOTRO, the Foreign Ministry of the Netherlands, Consortium: International Center for Human Sciences (UNESCO), Lebanese American University, International Alert (285, 000 euro)
  • 1/8-31/12/2007: Co-principal investigator for the research project ‘The Political Instrumentalization of Religious Symbols and its Conflict Potentiality in the light of the Danish Cartoons’ Controversy in the Arab World’, grant by the German Foundation for Peace Research (DSF), Arnold Bergstraesser Institut, University of Freiburg) (18, 000 euro)

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