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Dr Dara Conduit



Associate Research Fellow


Faculty of Arts and Education


Alfred Deakin Institute


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Bachelor of Arts, Monash University, 2009
Master of Letters (Middle East and Central Asian Security Studies), University of St Andrews, 2011
Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2017

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Dr Dara Conduit is an Associate Research Fellow in the Middle East Studies Forum at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, where she works on Syria and Iran. Her work has been published in Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, the Middle East Journal, the British Journal of Middle East Studies and International Community Law Review. Dr. Conduit’s PhD has recently been conferred by Monash University. She holds a M. Litt from the University of St. Andrews, was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge in 2015 and has provided advice to the UN OHCHR’s Working Group on Mercenaries. Dr Conduit is a board member of the Syrian Studies Association and the co-Convener of the Australian Terrorism and Political Violence Researchers Network.

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Career highlights

2016 - Member of the board, Syrian Studies Association

2015 - Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge.

Research interests

Middle East

The Syrian uprising



International Relations

Foreign fighters in Syria


Middle East Studies Forum

Australian Terrorism and Political Violence Research Network

British Society for Middle East Studies (BRISMES)

Syrian Studies Association

Australian Political Studies Association (APSA)


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The patterns of Syrian uprising: Comparing Hama in 1980-1982 and Homs in 2011

D Conduit

(2017), Vol. 44, pp. 73-87, British journal of Middle Eastern studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


Rouhani's first two years in office : opportunities and risks in contemporary Iran

S Akbarzadeh, D Conduit

(2016), pp. 1-15, Iran in the world : president Rouhani' s foreign policy, Basingstoke, Eng., B1


Charting a new course? Testing Rouhani's foreign policy agency in the Iran-Syria relationship

S Akbarzadeh, D Conduit

(2016), pp. 133-154, Iran in the world: President Rouhani' s doreign policy, Basingstoke, Eng., B1


The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood and the spectacle of Hama

D Conduit

(2016), Vol. 70, pp. 211-226, Middle East journal, Washington, D.C., C1-1


Canada, Australia and New Zealand and the Islamic State

D Conduit, D Malet, L West

(2016), pp. 195-212, New Islamic State, Surrey, Eng., B1


Foreign fighters, human rights and self-determination in Syria and Iraq: decoding the humanitarian impact of foreign fighters in practice

D Conduit, B Rich

(2016), Vol. 18, pp. 431-454, International community law review, Leiden, The Netherlands, C1-1


The impact of jihadist foreign fighters on Indigenous secular-nationalist causes: contrasting Chechnya and Syria

B Rich, D Conduit

(2015), Vol. 38, pp. 113-131, Studies in conflict & terrorism, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Anticipated Title Sharing Syrian scholarship on ISIS with the Australian public

Dr Dara Conduit

  • 2017: $9,945


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