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Global Practice Lead, Peace, Stability, and Transition Sahar Tabaja

Sahar Tabaja is a conflict specialist with more than 15 years of experience designing and managing stabilization, governance, P/CVE, and peacebuilding 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 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 USAID’s Lebanon Community Support Program and now serves as the peace, stability, and transition practice lead. Before joining Chemonics, she worked as an independent consultant with clients such as UNDP, USAID, and Mercy Corps. Previously, she managed and led programs in Lebanon, Yemen, and Turkey/Syria at ARK, a stabilization consultancy, for clients including 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.