Fanar Haddad

Dr Haddad is a senior research fellow at the Middle East Institute (MEI), National University of Singapore where he heads the Political Economy Research Cluster. He previously lectured in modern Middle Eastern politics at the University of Exeter, at Queen Mary, University of London and most recently at the National University of Singapore.

Prior to obtaining his PhD, Dr Haddad was a research analyst at the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where he worked on North Africa. He has since published widely on issues relating to modern Iraqi politics, sectarian relations and identity politics in the region. His main research interests are sectarian identity formation, sectarian relations, identity politics, nationalism, communal conflict, modern Iraqi politics and modern Shi’ism.

He is the author of Sectarianism in Iraq: Antagonistic Visions of Unity (London/New York: Hurst/Columbia University Press, 2011) and Understanding ‘Sectarianism’: Sunni-Shi’a Relations in the Modern Arab World (London/New York: Hurst/Oxford University Press, 2020).