Dr. Abdalhadi Alijla

Abdalhadi Alijla is a Palestinian academic, writer  and essayist. Abdalhadi is the Executive Director  for The Institute for the Middle East Studies Canada (IMESC). He has a PhD in Political Studies (comparative politics and public policy) from State University of Milan, Italy and holds an M.A. degree in Public Policy and Governance from Zeppelin University- Friedrichshafen, Germany. He was a visiting scholar at Gothenburg university, Sweden in 2014-2015. He is the Regional Manager for Gulf Countries at the Varieties of Democracy Institute in Sweden, as well as the advisor and program manager on religion and public affairs at Adyan Institute in Beirut. Abdalhadi was involved in political research on volunteerism at United Nations Volunteers in Bonn, Germany. In 2010, he was a visiting researcher at ICCOM in Rome, Italy. He also worked as a sessional lecturer at Alazhar University- Gaza. Abdalhadi is a fellow of the Soliya network for dialogue and was selected as a junior scientist at the 3oth Alternative Noble Prize by Right Livelihood College. He is a DAAD fellow of Public Policy and Good Governance and a fellow of Royal Soceity of Art and Science, UK. Furthermore, Abdalhadi is the author of “Social Movement, Political Party or Armed Militia: Hamas as an informal institution". His writings have appeared in many local and international platforms about culture, politics and society. His main research interests are divided societies, democracy, social capital, Middle East studies, comparative politics and philosophy of religions.


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