Fanar Haddad

Fanar is a senior research fellow at the Middle East Institute (MEI), National University of Singapore, where he is also the coordinator of MEI’s Political Economy Research Cluster. He previously lectured in modern Middle Eastern politics at the University of Exeter, at Queen Mary University of London and at the National University of Singapore. Prior to obtaining his PhD, Fanar was a research analyst at the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where he worked on North Africa and on radicalisation.

He has since published widely on issues relating to historic and contemporary Iraq, identity politics in the region and Sunni–Shi’a relations. He is the author of Sectarianism in Iraq: Antagonistic Visions of Unity (New York: Columbia University Press, 2011) and Understanding ‘Sectarianism’: Sunni-Shi’a Relations in the Modern Arab World (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020). Fanar is also an associate fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, King’s College London and a non-resident senior fellow at the Middle East Institute, Washington DC.