Our Specialists.

Director, Peace Stability, and Transition Practice Sahar Tabaja

Sahar is a governance and conflict specialist with 15 years of experience designing and managing stabilization, governance, peacebuilding, and capacity building programs in the Middle East. Her work has focused on exploring how youth, women, civil society, and local actors can positively change governance practices, alter conflict systems, and enable societal peace in conflict and fragile environments. Sahar firmly believes in a local systems approach to understanding conflict and enabling locally innovated, led and owned solutions to conflict and development challenges.

Sahar joined Chemonics as stabilization technical advisor with the USAID Lebanon Community Support Program and now serves at the director of Chemonics’ Peace, Stability, and Transition Practice. Before joining Chemonics, she worked with multiple clients as an independent conflict and stabilization consultant, including with UNDP, USAID, and Mercy Corps. Previously, she was country manager and head of programmes in Lebanon and Turkey/Syria respectively for ARK, a boutique stabilization consultancy, where she led on diverse projects for the U.K., E.U., Canadian START, Dutch and Danish Ministries of Foreign Affairs.

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What Does a Systems Approach to Conflict Prevention Look Like?

Today’s conflicts are long, intractable, and more complicated than ever. The last decade saw a marked rise in state-based armed conflict for the first time since the end of the Cold War, all involving non-state actors. Radicalization, organized crime, climate change — and now pandemics — bring new challenges to convoluted conflict systems. Yet, the…

The Syrian Conflict: A Systems Conflict Analysis

A systems conflict analysis exercise that aims to identify the key drivers of conflict in Syria, the inter-dependencies between those factors, and possible intervention points to break certain causal loops of the conflict.