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Dr Dara Conduit



Research Fellow Grade 2


Faculty of Arts and Education


Alfred Deakin Institute


Melbourne Burwood Campus


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

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Dr Dara Conduit is an Associate Research Fellow in political science at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, where she works on authoritarianism, with a regional focus on the Middle East. Her research interests centre around questions related to contentious politics inside authoritarian regimes, including the myriad interactions between governments and their opponents and their tactical (especially online) innovation.

Her book The Muslim Brotherhood in Syria was published with Cambridge University Press in 2019. She has also been published in journals including Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, the Middle East Journal, Journal of Contemporary China and the British Journal of Middle East Studies.

Dr. Conduit holds a PhD from Monash University, 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.

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Research interests

Authoritarianism, Oppositions and Non-State Actors, Contentious Politics, Foreign Fighters, Cybersecurity, Digital Authoritarianism, Syria and Iran


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Pre-election polling and the democratic veneer in a hybrid regime

D Conduit, S Akbarzadeh

(2020), Democratization, C1


Great power-middle power dynamics: the case of China and Iran

D Conduit, Shahram Akbarzadeh

(2019), Vol. 28, pp. 468-481, Journal of contemporary China, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Political participation of Islamists in Syria: examining the Syrian Muslim brotherhood's mid-century democratic experiment

D Conduit

(2019), Vol. 30, pp. 23-41, Journal of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations, Abingdon, Eng., C1


The Muslim brotherhood in Syria

Dara Conduit

(2019), London, Eng., A1


The 'inside track' approach to change in Iran under President Rouhani: the case of freedom on the internet

D Conduit, S Akbarzadeh

(2018), pp. 27-50, Human rights and agents of change in Iran, Singapore, B1


Contentious politics and Middle Eastern oppositions after the uprisings

D Conduit, Shahram Akbarzadeh

(2018), pp. 1-14, New opposition in the Middle East, Singapore, B1


The Iranian reform movement since 2009

D Conduit, Shahram Akbarzadeh

(2018), pp. 119-149, New opposition in the Middle East, Singapore, B1


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, 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


Future prospects

S Akbarzadeh, D Conduit

(2016), pp. 177-181, Iran in the world : President Rouhani's Foreign Policy, Berlin, Germany, B1


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

Women know the Middle East

Dr Dara Conduit

  • 2019: $20,000

Industry and Other Funding

For assessing the impact of external actors in the Syrian and Afghan proxy wars

Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh, Dr Dara Conduit, Dr Zahid Ahmed

  • 2020: $226,755
  • 2018: $344,282


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