Farrah Hawana is an associate researcher at the Small Arms Survey, and project coordinator for the Security Assessment for North Africa (SANA). She oversees and coordinates Survey research, publications, and project activities pertaining to the five North African states (Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Egypt), as well as neighboring regions. Her core research interests include Arab regional security, authoritarian regimes, political legitimacy in autocratic contexts, militarization, and security institutions in conflict and post-conflict governance. Farrah holds a doctorate in Political Science from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and her doctoral research included extensive fieldwork in Egypt (2011-12). Her dissertation aimed to better understand the mechanisms of autocratic regime continuity and the dynamics of political change over time, by adopting a military-centric and historically-informed analytical approach. Alongside doctoral studies, she worked as a university Research/Teaching Assistant. Before beginning her Ph.D. in 2009, she worked for the International Labor Organization in Cairo, Egypt and Beirut, Lebanon (2007-2009); completed her M.A. degree in International Conflict Analysis (2005-2006); and worked for a social development NGO in Egypt (2004-2005). Her undergraduate degrees in History and in International Relations were earned at the College of William and Mary (2000-2004).
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