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Zahar, Marie-Joelle

Research Fellow

  • Professor at the Department of political science


  • Telephone 514-343-6111 #20325 Pav. PAV.M.CARON-L.GROULX-3200 J.B. \ Ext. C-4038


Zahar, Marie-Joelle


Marie-Joelle Zahar (PhD, McGill) is scientific Director of the Peace Operations Network (ROP). Specialist in militias, she’s interested in the way that non-State armed groups are organized and organize territories within their control as well as how they direct their relations with the civilians living inside these territories. Marie-Joelle Zahar directs her research in a comparative perspective and works in multiple areas in the Near East, sub-Saharan Africa and in the Balkans.

Research expertise

Areas of expertise


  • Brynen R., Moore P.W., Salloukh B.F & Zahar M.-J. (2012) Beyond the Arab Spring: Authoritarianism and Democratization in the Arab World, Lynne Rienner.

  • Zahar M-J. (2012) “Norm Transmission in Peace and State Building: Lessons from Democracy Promotion in the Sudan and Lebanon,” Global Governance, vol. 18, pp. 73-88.

  • Saideman S. & Zahar M-J. (eds.) (2008) Intra-State Conflicts, Governments and Security: Dilemmas of Deterrence and Assurance. London: Routledge.

  • Zahar M-J. (2006) “Political Violence in Peace Processes: Voice, Exit and Loyalty in the Post-Accord Period,” In Darby J. (ed.) Violence and Reconstruction, vol. 1, Research Initiative on the Resolution of Ethnic Conflict Series. Southbend: Notre Dame University Press, pp. 33-51. 

  • Zahar M-J. (2005) “Power Sharing in Lebanon: Foreign Protectors, Domestic Peace, and Democratic Failure,” In Rothchild D. & Roeder P. (eds.) Sustainable Peace: Power and Democracy after Civil Wars. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, pp. 219-240.


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