Bassam Kassoumeh is an independent Syrian researcher focusing on governance, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and state-building. He holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University. His dissertation explored informal local governance, legitimacy, and state-building in non-government-controlled areas of Syria through a participatory action research methodology. Having lived through conflict, he has decided to work in peacebuilding, and conflict resolution, and transformation. He has worked for ACLED as a Syria researcher and published two analysis pieces. Before that, he worked in Turkey with development and humanitarian agencies responding to the Syria crisis. He is currently working for the UK-based peacebuilding organisation International Alert.
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