17th Karlsruhe Dialogues – Speakers

The ‘In-Between Society’: Tradition and Modernism in Conflict

Salam Kawakibi



Salam Kawakibi is a political scientist and sociologist, as well as deputy director and research director of the Arab Reform Initiative (ARI). He develops, coordinates, and follows-up on ARI’s research projects, and he coordinates the The State of Reform in the Arab World report. Kawakibi is also president of ‘Initiative for a New Syria’, associate researcher at Centro de Estudios y Documentación Internacionales de Barcelona (CIDOB), and member of the Consultative Council of Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly (MCA). Furthermore, he teaches in a Master programme on development and migration at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Between 2009 and 2011, he was principal researcher at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Amsterdam. Between 2000 and 2006, he was director of the Institut Français du Proche Orient (IFPO) in Aleppo, Syria.

Kawakibi has published numerous scientific essays in edited volumes and specialised revues in Arabic, English, French, Spanish, and German. Topics include human rights, civil society, migration, media, North-South relations, and political reform in the Arab world. He is editor of the volume La réforme religieuse dans le monde musulman (2003). He also edited the volume entitled The Civil Society in Syria: Voices from Within (2012). Kawakibi is formally educated in economics, international relations, international humanitarian law, international human right, and political science.