Mr Samy Akil

Bachelor of International Relations (Hons), Master of Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies
Visiting Research Fellow
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • International Relations 160607
  • Comparative Government And Politics 160603
  • Political Science 4408

Research interests

Syrian studies, Middle Eastern Affairs, Australia–Middle East Relations, Post-Conflict State Building, Diplomacy, Security.


Samy Akil is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Arab & Islamic Studies. He holds a Bachelor of International Relations (Honors) from La Trobe University, Melbourne, and a Master of Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies from the Australian National University, Canberra. He has a strong interest in diplomacy, conflict resolution, humanitarian aid, and Middle Eastern Affairs, and Australian-MENA relations with a specific focus on Syria and the Levant as a whole.

Additionally, Samy is the co-founder and managing editor of the ANU based Near East Policy Forum and a non-resident research fellow at the Operations & Policy Center in Gaziantep, Turkey. He is fluent in English, Arabic, and German. 


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