Dr. Marika Sosnowski

Research Fellow

Dr. Marika Sosnowski

  • Short CV

    • Since 09/2020: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies (Funding: Fritz Thyssen Foundation)

    • 03/2020 - 08/2020: Associate at the GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies

    • 2017 - 2019: PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, Australia; Thesis: Ceasefires as Statebuilding

    • 2014 - 2015: Admission as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of Victoria, Legal traineeship: Flemington Kensington Community Legal Centre, Melbourne, Australia

    • Education: PhD University of Melbourne; Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

    Current Research

    • War-to-peace transitions

    • Ceasefires

    • Political order

    • Local rebel governance

    • Legal systems

    Countries and Regions

    • Syria

    Research Programmes


    • Syrian Studies Association 2020 Dissertation Prize, Syrian Studies Association (SSA), 2020

    Dr. Marika Sosnowski

    Research Fellow


    Small Wars and Insurgencies | 2022

    Neither Peace nor Democracy: The Role of Siege and Population Control in the Syrian Regime’s Coercive Counterinsurgency Campaign

    This article examines the role of siege warfare and population control in the coercive counterinsurgency strategy used by the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad to effectively crush the revolution that began in 2011.

    Benedetta Berti

    North Atlantic Treaty Organization

    GIGA Focus Middle East | 4/2021

    “The Right to Have Rights”: Legal Identity Documentation in the Syrian Civil War

    During the civil war in Syria, various actors issued legal identity documents. The disadvantages of this web of interlocking documents for people's – especially women’s – parental, inheritance and property rights are analysed in this GIGA Focus Middle East.

    Noor Hamadeh

    International Corporate Accountability Roundtable

    Chapter in Edited Volume | 2021

    Legal Identity and Rebel Governance: A Comparative Perspective on Lived Consequence of Contested Sovereignty

    With contributions from different stakeholders this volume rejects the idea that statelessness is a problem. It argues that the reality of statelessness helps to uncover a more fundamental challenge: the problem of citizenship.

    Ass. Prof. Dr. Katharine Fortin

    Dr. Bart Klem

    Research Project | 01/09/2020 - 31/08/2022

    Syria’s “Post-war” Landscape

    The architecture of “post-conflict” Syria is intrinsically linked to war dynamics, making it far from a tabula rasa but replete with a range of competing forms of authority. This project investigates the changing nature of the Syrian state and its interactions with non-state actors such as militia leaders, economic elites, tribal leaders, international organisations and investors. It focuses on three topics: local security providers and governance; legal identity; housing, land and property rights.
    Fritz Thyssen Foundation, 2020-2022

    Good Will Hunters | Interview | 19/10/2020

    The Free Kylie Campaign - Where to from here?

    Chair, Speaker, Speaker, Discussant, Discussant | 12/05/2022

    “If there is a ceasefire, people know the devil is coming”

    The consequences of ceasefires can be diverse, and are not necessarily positive. In this GIGA Talk, scholars and distinguished practitioners will discuss how research and experience from Syria can provide insights and practical strategies relevant for negotiating ceasefires in Ukraine.

    Dr. Rim Turkmani

    Benedetta Berti

    Dr. Bente Scheller


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