CANCELLED – Dr. Sean Lee Will Be Visiting The UA Political Science Department on Thursday, April 9, 2020

On April 9th, Dr. Sean Lee will be holding a presentation on cohesion and fragmentation in Syria’s Civil War. This event will be held in ten Hoor hall room 346 from 12:00pm-1:30pm.

Talk Title: Cohesion and Fragmentation in Syria’s Civil War

Abstract: On the eve of the Syrian civil war in 2011, the Kurdish political scene was fragmented between nearly two dozen parties, so why was the Democratic Union Party (PYD) able to create a cohesive militant organization (able to later combat ISIS) while other Kurdish parties and the Arab opposition remained fragmented? Using comparative historical analysis and interview data, the paper theorizes the causes for organizational cohesion and fragmentation by focusing on variations in sources of external funding and pre-war patterns of repression by the Syrian regime.


Dr. Sean Lee is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the American University in Cairo. He holds a PhD from Northwestern University. His work focuses on minority communities during times of conflict in Lebanon and Syria. He has conducted fieldwork in Lebanon, Turkey, Tunisia, Germany, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.