Armenak Tokmajyan is a nonresident scholar at the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut focusing on the conflict in Syria. Before joining Carnegie, Tokmajyan was a research fellow at International Crisis Group, focusing mainly on Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and patterns of displacement inside Syria. Prior to that, he was a research fellow at Budapest’s Central European University, focusing on conflict dynamics in Aleppo. Tokmajyan was awarded the Richard Holbrooke Fellowship by Central European University in 2015 and Frank Giustra Fellowship by International Crisis Group in 2016. He holds a master’s degree in peace, mediation and conflict research from the University of Tampere, Finland.
Tokmajyan’s work includes “The Center Gives: Southern Syria and the Rise of New Peripheral Powerbrokers” (forthcoming book chapter, Palgrave Macmillan), “How the Small Town of Sarmada Became Syria’s Gateway to the World” and (Carnegie Middle East, 2021), “Easing Syrian Refugees’ Plight in Lebanon” (International Crisis Group, 2020), “Politics of Rural Notables” book chapter in an edited book entitled Local Intermediaries in post-2011 Syria: Transformation and Continuity (Published by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Beirut, June 2019). His peer-reviewed academic work include “Militarization of the Syrian revolution: Was this the wrong choice?” (Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research 7(2), April 2015) and “Hezbollah’s intervention in Syria: Religious Obligation or Political Choice?” (Journal of Approaching Religion Vol. 4 (2), December 2014).