Marie-Joëlle Zahar is full professor of political science at University of Montréal. She was senior expert in the UN Department of political affairs (2012-2015), research director of the Réseau de recherche sur les opérations de paix of the University of Montréal (2009-2015), and invited scholar of the Center for International Security and Cooperation of Stanford University (1998-2000). Her research focuses on civil armed groups, peace consolidation, ethnic conflicts and the Middle East. She has published in many academic journals, including International Peacekeeping, Middle East Report, Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations, Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, International Journal, Études Internationales. She has contributed to many collective books and co-edited Beyond the Arab Spring: Authoritarianism and Democracy in the Arab World (Lynne Rienner, 2012) and Intra-State Conflicts, Governments and Security: Dilemmas of Deterrence and Assurance (Routledge, 2008).
- Middle East
- Peace Consolidation
- Ethnic Conflicts
- Marie-Joëlle Zahar & Erin McCandless, “Sustaining Peace One Day at a Time: Inclusion, Transition Crises, and the Resilience of Social Contracts,” Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding 14:1 (2019): 119-138.
- Jonathan Wilkenfeld, Kyle Beardsley, David Quinn & Marie-Joëlle Zahar, “The Challenges of Mediation in Gray Zones: The Case of Mali,” In Research Handbook on Mediating International Crises (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019).
- Joy Aoun & Marie-Joëlle Zahar, “Lebanon: Confessionalism, Consociationalism, and Social Cohesion,” In Peacebuilding in Deeply Divided Societies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).
- Arthur Boutellis & Marie-Joëlle Zahar, “A Process in Search of Peace: Lessons from the Inter-Malian Agreement,” International Peace Institute (2017).
- Marie-Joëlle Zahar, “Reframing the Spoiler Debate in Peace Processes,” In Contemporary Peacemaking: Conflict, Violence and Peace Processes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003): 114-124.