Marwan Safar Jalani

BA Yale

Research Topic:

Conflict Recurrence and Sequencing of Post-Conflict Peacebuilding Reforms
Government and Politics Network
Balliol College
MPhil Comparative Government

Marwan Safar Jalani is an MPhil candidate in Comparative Government at the DPIR, and a Rhodes-Saïd Scholar from Syria. He researches post-conflict stabilisation, peacebuilding policy sequencing, and conflict recurrence, especially in multi-ethnic/sectarian settings. Marwan has a BA with distinction in political science and human rights from Yale University, where he wrote his undergraduate thesis on the effects of territorial divisions in two cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mostar and Brčko, on the performance of interethnic youth initiatives. As a human rights scholar in the Schell Center for International Human Rights at the Yale Law School, he examined the concept of post-conflict legitimacy and trust-building in Syria, given the Syrian regime's committal of sectarian policies and crimes against humanity (reference: Crimes Against Syrian Human Plurality: Critiquing Legitimacy in Post-War Syria Under the Assad Regime). Marwan worked in multiple human rights organisations including Human Rights Watch, the UN University Center for Policy Research, and the Yale Law School’s Lowenstein Clinic for International Human Rights.

His academic work appears in the Yale Law School Orville H. Schell Center for International Human Rights, the Oxford Middle East Review, and the Cambridge Middle East and North Africa Forum. He published op-eds in Inkstick Media, Raseef22, and the Yale Daily News.


  • Post-Conflict stabilisation, DDR, elections, constitutional enactment, institutional design.

  • Identity/ethnic/sectarian conflicts

  • Middle East and North Africa, the Balkans, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon.

Research Assistance:

  • Aldrich, Andrea (2020). Pandemic Performance: Women Leaders in the COVID-19 Crisis.

  • Hussam Hussein.(Ongoing). Water Politics and Management in Syria.

  • Ryan Thoreson (2019). “Discriminalization”: Sexuality and the Carceral Turn in Human Rights Law.


Arabic (Syrian and Modern Standard Arabic), English, Intermediate French


R, Stata, PIKA, Microsoft Office