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Syria Conflict Synopsis
Please join us for a kickoff event within YPFP’s Leadership Incubator: Stabilization and Reconstruction in Post-Conflict Syria.
After two years of violence, many lives lost, over a million fleeing their homes, the conflict in Syria continues to rapidly develop. What are the realities on the ground? Two Syrian experts, Elizabeth Mohan and Omar Ellaboudy, will share the historical context and their conflict analysis.
As an analyst for Caerus’ Middle East and North Africa team, Elizabeth specializes in addressing development-related challenges in conflict and post-conflict environments. Elizabeth is a co-founder of the Syria Conflict Monitor and brings her expertise collecting, coding, and analyzing Syrian opposition videos to Caerus’ Syria Research Platform. On the Syria team, Elizabeth spearheads research on armed groups in the conflict and leads analysis on events in Damascus and its suburbs.
Before joining Caerus, Elizabeth lived in Alexandria, Egypt, where she completed a Master’s in Arabic at the University of Alexandria on a Boren Fellowship. Elizabeth has also worked at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. As a result of time spent living in Egypt, Syria, and Morocco, she maintains professional fluency in the Modern Standard, Egyptian, and Levantine dialects of Arabic. Elizabeth holds a Master’s in Arab Studies from the Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and a BA from the University of Virginia.
Prior to joining Caerus, Omar worked with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) where he helped manage a regional program that trained civil society organizations on the use of secure communications technologies.
In addition to his work with NDI, Omar has spent considerable time working in Egypt and more recently in Lebanon. At the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, he researched Iraqi security and socio-political issues. Omar received a BA in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.