I am a peace and conflict researcher. Currently, I’m interested in how ceasefires influence national and local conflict dynamics with a focus on the Syrian civil war. I’m also working at better understanding how armed groups and civilians establish systems of governance; and on improving my Arabic (any tips appreciated!).

For a number of years I have also been facilitating private and public conversations and dialogue, particularly about the Middle East region, because I believe that access, education, ideas and stories create change. You can find some of those efforts online, on community radio, through my journalism and via the unadulterated medium of Twitter.