Nancy Ezzeddine is a research fellow at Clingendael’s Conflict Research Unit (CRU). In this capacity, she focuses on the prospects for political reform and renewal in the broader Middle East with a special focus on Iraq and Lebanon. Her recent work focuses on the interplay between sectarian constituencies, patronage politics and social movements. Of note are her analyses of how transnational Shia political ideology and militant groups influence domestic political orders, using Iraq’s Al-Hashd al-Sha’abi as primary case study.
Nancy previously worked as a policy researcher in Beirut at the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS), focusing on social and economic reform processes in Lebanon. She also gained professional experience at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA) where she promoted sustainable development across the Arab region. Nancy is a co-host of a forthcoming podcast titled ‘Praxis of Shi’ism’ exploring the use of religion as a means of political mobilisation.
She holds an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a BA in Economics and Political Science from the American University of Beirut (AUB).