Elizabeth Tsurkov

I am a Fellow at the Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy, a Washington D.C.-based think-tank, and a Research Fellow at the Forum for Regional Thinking, an Israeli-Palestinian think-tank based in Jersualem. I am also a doctoral student in the Politics department at Princeton University.
My research focuses on the Levant, and particularly, the Syrian uprising and civil war. My research is based on a large network of contacts – ordinary civilians, activists, combatants and communal, political and military leaders – which I have established since 2009 across the Middle East and particularly in Syria, Iraq and Israel-Palestine. I have also conducted fieldwork in Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and other countries in the region. My research is informed by the desire to understand and convey the points of view and experiences of people in the Middle East, and highlight abuses by powerful actors, whether they are dictatorial regimes, armed groups or foreign countries intervening in the region. I have over a decade of experience in volunteering and working for human rights organizations in the Middle East fighting for the rights of Palestinians, refugees and migrants, torture survivors, human trafficking victims and ethnic and religious minorities.I speak English, Hebrew, Russian and Arabic.

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