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Fellow, Global Security Program
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
PhD, Government, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Matt Buehler is currently a 2017 research fellow at the Middle East Initiative of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is also a Global Security Fellow at the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy. Dr. Buehler’s research area is comparative politics with expertise in the politics of the Middle East and North Africa. Dr. Buehler has been traveling to the region since 2006, completing over three years of fieldwork and Arabic training in North Africa, Syria, and the Persian Gulf. His main research interests include democratization, authoritarianism, the Arab uprisings, Islamist movements, North African political parties, and Moroccan politics.
Dr. Buehler’s book manuscript, Why Alliances Fail: Opposition Coalitions between Islamists and Leftists in North Africa, is currently under review with Syracuse University Press (Middle East politics series). The book manuscript draws on original, Arabic-based overseas research to explore the conditions under which opposition parties build stable, enduring alliances to contest authoritarian regimes, specifically coalitions between Islamists and leftists in North Africa. While Islamists and leftists forged a solid alliance in Tunisia, which supported democratization, similar pacts in Morocco and Mauritania formed yet collapsed, which helped to reinforce authoritarianism. To make its case, the book manuscript draws on two years of fieldwork, original regression models, and archival research.
Dr. Buehler has begun several new research projects including original public opinion polls, population-based survey experiments, and archive-based data collection in North Africa. Topics examined include legal reform, nuclear nonproliferation, and authoritarian ruling coalitions.
Dr. Buehler’s research has appeared in generalist political science journals, such as Political Research Quarterly, and also journals specialized in the politics of the Middle East and North Africa, like Mediterranean Politics and British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. Dr. Buehler currently serves as reviews editor on the editorial board of one Middle East politics journal, Mediterranean Politics. Dr. Matt Buehler holds degrees in Government from the University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D. and M.A.).
For more information on his teaching and research, please see Dr. Buehler’s personal website.