Marwa Daoudy

Marwa Daoudy
Assistant Professor
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Assistant Professor

Marwa Daoudy is Assistant Professor in International Relations at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Prior to arriving at Georgetown, she taught at the University of Oxford’s department of Politics and International Relations and was a fellow of Oxford’s Middle East Center at St Antony’s College (UK). In 2011-2012, Princeton University invited her to join the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs as visiting lecturer and research scholar. She was previously a visiting fellow and graduate affiliate at the London School of Economics, Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania, a pre-doctoral fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies (London) and post-doctoral fellow at CERI-Science-Po (Paris). Her research and teaching focus on international and regional security, international relations, the environment, and Middle East politics.

Daoudy’s book, ‘The Water Divide between Syria, Turkey and Iraq: Negotiation, Security and Power Asymmetry’ (CNRS Editions, 2005) was awarded the Ernest Lémonon Prize. The medal prize is awarded each year by the Association des Sciences Morales et Politiques (ASMP) of the Institut de France at the French Academy for a work on contemporary foreign policy or economic and social questions. It is named after a French economist of the early 20th Century. Daoudy received the prize for conceptualizing state interactions over shared water resources in the Euphrates and Tigris basins. Her book was the first to theorize power dynamics in international river basins in the context of power asymmetry. In particular, the book analyzes the parties’ bargaining and structural power, the advantages of the upstream riparian state, as well as the incentives for weaker riparians to pursue strategies linking water and national security issues in order to improve their position vis-a-vis the dominant (upstream) state.  

In addition, she published her research in International Negotiation, Journal of International Affairs, Journal of Peace and Security, The World Today, and Water Policy amongst others. She is currently working on three major research projects. One is a new book manuscript on the environmental and socio-economic roots of the Syrian Uprising, and the others examine water securitization between state and non-state actors and sectarianism in the Middle East.

Daoudy is also a referee for American Political Science Review (APSR), International Studies Quarterly (ISQ), the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (BJMES), Contemporary Security Policy, International Negotiation, Politique et Sociétés, the Journal of Human Development, the Journal of Peace Research (JPR), the Qatar Foundation, Water Alternatives and others.

Daoudy received research grants and awards from the London School of Economics, Princeton University, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Swiss Academic Society, the French Academy for Moral and Political Sciences and the Feris Foundation of America.

Daoudy is member of the Scientific Reference Group of the International Center for Water Cooperation (UNESCO/SIWI). She was also a consultant (UNESCO-World Water Assessment Program for the 3rd World Water Development Report, Oxford Analytica and others) and advised the United Nations Development Program/UNDP (Jerusalem) on Middle East water/peace negotiations. Dr. Daoudy also provided training in International Negotiation Theory and Practice to executives within international organizations (European Commission, UNDP) and international businesses, as well as MBA students (Switzerland).

Dr. Daoudy is also a frequent contributor to the newspapers and provides regular comments to international media (BBC, France 24, NPR, Jazeera, RFI amongst others).

Areas of Expertise: International Relations, Critical Security Studies, Environmental Security, Negotiation theory, Peace negotiations, Water politics, Middle East politics (Syria, Turkey, Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon)

  • Ph.D. (2003) Department of Political Science, Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • M.A., Department of History and International Politics, Graduate Institute for International Studies (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Certificate in Arabic and Islamic Civilization, School of Oriental Languages (Paris, France)
  • B.A., International Relations (International Politics, Economics and Law) (Geneva, Switzerland)



(2005) Le partage des eaux entre la Syrie, la Turquie et l’Irak: négociation, sécurité et asymétrie des pouvoirs CNRS Editions, Paris.


(2006). Transboundary Water Cooperation as a Tool for Conflict Prevention and Broader Benefit-Sharing Jointly with Phillips, D., Mc Caffrey, S., Öjendal, J. and Turton, A.R., Stockholm, Ministry for Foreign Affairs Expert Group on Development Issues (EGDI).


(2016) “The Structure-Identity Nexus: Syria and Turkey’s Collapse (2011)”Cambridge Review of International Affairs (Published online 19 October).

(2009) “Asymmetric Power: Negotiating Water in the Euphrates and Tigris” International Negotiation, Vol. 14, pp. 361-391.

(2008) “Hydro-Hegemony and International Water Law: Laying Claims to Water Rights” Water Policy, 10, Supplement 2, pp. 89-102.

(2008) “A Missed Chance for Peace: Syria and Israel’s Negotiations over the Golan Heights” Journal of International Affairs, “Water: A Global Challenge”, Columbia University, 61(2), pp. 215-234.

(2007) “Benefit Sharing as a Tool for Conflict Transformation: Applying the Inter-SEDE Model to the Euphrates and Tigris” The Economics of Peace and Security Journal, Special Edition on Water, Economics and Conflict, 2(2), pp. 26-32.


(2010) Rethinking the Environment and (In)Security International Relations and Security Network (ISN), Special Report, ETH, Zurich.

(2010) L’hydropolitique et les relations internationales: Introduction (with J. Allouche), Dynamiques Internationales, no. 2.

(2009) “Review: Bridges over water: Understanding Transboundary Water Conflict, Negotiation and Cooperation by Dinar, Dinar, McCaffrey and McKinney.” Natural Resources Forum 33.1 (2009): 94-95.

(2008) “From Conflict Transformation to Conflict Resolution” The Middle East Institute, Viewpoints, No. 7, pp. 3-5.

(2007) “Turquie : la guerre de l’eau n’a pas eu lieu” Alternatives Internationales, Special Issue No. 5, pp. 61-64.

(2006) “Une négociation en eaux troubles ou comment obtenir un accord en situation d’asymétrie”, Négociations, Vol. 2, pp. 59-75.

(2005) “Eau et pouvoir: la relation stratégique Irak/Turquie” Géostratégies, No. 7, Paris, pp. 99-118.

(2002) “Syria’s Water Challenge” The Syria Report, Business and Economic Intelligence.

(2002). “Water, Institutions and Development in Syria: A Downstream Perspective from the Euphrates and Tigris” World Commission on Dams, Serial No. Env. 108, 2002.

(1996). “Un partage en eaux troubles: les enjeux du Tigre et de l’Euphrate” Les Cahiers de l’Orient, No. 44, Numéro Spécial: la bataille de l’or bleu, pp. 73-95.


(2013) Beyond Conflict? The Securitization of Water in Syrian-Turkish Relations in Hinnebusch and Tur, eds., Turkey-Syria Relations: Between Enmity and Amity, Ashgate Publishers, pp. 133-145.

(2012) Diplomatie et Géopolitique de l’Eau en Turquie in Galland ed., Eau et Conflictualité, Editions Choiseul, Paris, pp. 71-82.

(2010) The Geopolitics of Water in the Middle East: Turkey as a Regional Power in Tvedt, Hagen & Chapman, eds., The Currents of Power: Water and the New World Order, Center for Advanced Study, National Academy of Science and Letters, Norway & IB Tauris, London, pp. 395-418.

(2010) Getting Beyond the Environment-Conflict Trap: Benefit-Sharing in International River Basins in Earle, Jägerskog & Öjendal, eds., Transboundary Water Management, Swedish International Water Institute (SIWI), Stockholm, pp. 43-58.

(2009) State-Building in Chetail, ed., Lexicon on Post-Conflict and Peace-Building, Oxford University Press, pp. 350-359.

(2007) Les politiques de l’eau en Syrie: obstacles et réalisations in Dupret, Ghazzal, Courbage & Al-Dbiyat, eds., La Syrie au présent: Reflets d’une Société, Actes Sud, Paris, pp. 607-616.

(2004) Syria and Turkey in Water Diplomacy (1962-2003) in Zereini, F. & Jaeschke, W., eds., Water in the Middle East and North Africa: Resources, Protection and Management, Springer, Heidelberg, pp. 319-332.


(2011) Syria at A Crossroads The World Today, Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, pp. 29-31.

(2009) La quatrième frontière ou l’objectif stratégique de la guerre de Gaza Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques (IRIS), Paris.

(2006) La guerre du Liban, conséquences régionales et internationales Lettre du CERMAM, Dossier, Centre d’Etudes et de Recherche sur le Monde Arabe et Méditerranéen, Geneva.

(2005). Le long chemin de Damas, la Syrie et les négociations de paix avec Israël Les Etudes du CERI, Etude No. 119, Sciences Po-CNRS, Paris.


“Hayvi Bouzo speaks with Professor Marwa Daoudy of Georgetown University,” Orient News TV, 19 October 2016

The Need for Radical Transformation, Responding to the Challenge of Climate Change, Global Futures Initiatives,Georgetown University, 12 September 2016.

“Syrian Lives Matter”, Open Democracy, 24 March 2016.

“Sectarianism in Syria: Myths and Reality”, Open Democracy, 22 July 2013.

“The Case against Foreign Military Intervention in Syria”, Opinion piece, Al Jazeera online, 5 January, 2012.

“Syria: Revolution and Repression”, Conservative Middle East Council (CMEC), The Arab Spring, Implications for British Policy, October 2011: pp. 20-23.

“Syria: The Regime’s War of Attrition”, Opinion piece, Al Jazeera online, 12 August 2011.