Imad Salamey

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Dr. Imad Salamey is a senior Middle East policy advisor and associate professor of political science and international affairs at the Lebanese American University. He is the president of Legal Action, a civil society organization comprised of human rights lawyers focused on identifying creative avenues for accessing justice to combat human rights violations.

Dr. Salamey is the book author of The Decline of Nation-States after the Arab Spring: the Rise of Communitocracy (Routledge, 2017), The Government and Politics of Lebanon (Peter Lang, 2021), co-editor of Post-Conflict Power-Sharing Agreements: Options for Syria (Palgrave, 2018) and editor of The Communitarian Nation-State Paradox in Lebanon (Nova Science Publishers, 2022)

Research Interests

Dr. Salamey’s research examines the root causes of rising ethnic and sectarian polarization and corresponding proliferation of transnational extremism in the MENA countries. Dr. Salamey serves as a monitoring and evaluation expert and policy advisor for various international and regional organizations on issues related to democracy, governance, security sector reforms, and conflict resolution.

Selected Publications

  1. Salamey, Imad. 2019. “Mitigating MENA communitarian conflicts through power-sharing options”. Orient 60(2): 43-50.
  2. Salamey, Imad. 2016. “The Double Movement & Post-Arab Spring Consociationalism”. The Muslim World, 105(3):187-203.
  3. Salamey, Imad. 2015. “Post-Arab Spring Changes and Challenges”. Third World Quarterly, 36(1): 111-129.
  4. Salamey, Imad and Tabar, Paul. 2012. “Democratic Transition and Sectarian Populism: The Case of Lebanon”, Contemporary Arab Affairs, 5(4): 37-41.
  5. Salamey, Imad and Pearson, Frederic. 2012. “The collapse of Middle Eastern authoritarianism: breaking the barriers of fear and power”, Third World Quarterly, 33(5): 931-948.
  6. Salamey, Imad and Othman, Zanoubia. 2011. “Shi’a Revival and Welayat El-Faqih in the Making of Iranian Foreign Policy”, Politics, Religion & Ideology, 12(2): 197 – 212.
  7. Salamey, Imad and Copeland, Gary. 2011. “How Exceptional Are Islamists? Comparing Supports for Hezbollah and the Lebanese Forces”, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, 13(2): 157 - 175.
  8. Salamey, Imad. 2009. “Failing Consociationalism in Lebanon & Integrative Options”, International Journal of Peace Studies, 14(2): 83 - 105.
  9. Salamey, Imad. 2009. “Middle Eastern Exceptionalism: Globalization and the Balance of Power”, Journal of Democracy and Security, 5(3): 249 - 260.
  10. Salamey, Imad and Payne, Rhys. 2008. “Parliamentary Consociationalism in Lebanon:  Equal Citizenry vs. Quotated Confessionalism”, Journal of Legislative Studies, 14(4): 451-473.
  11. Salamey, Imad and Tabar, Paul. 2008. “Consociational Democracy and Urban Sustainability:  Bridging the Confessional Divides in Beirut”, Journal of Ethnopolitics, 7(2): 239-263.
  12. Salamey, Imad and Pearson, Frederic. 2007. “Hezbollah: A Proletarian Party with an Islamic Manifesto - A Sociopolitical Analysis of Islamist Populism in Lebanon and the Middle East”, Journal of Small Wars & Insurgencies, 18(3): 416-438.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Political Science, 2003, Wayne State University, USA.