Ali Nehme Hamdan is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His dissertation research, under the title “Exile, Place, and Politics: Syria’s Transnational Civil War,” is supported by grants from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the American Center for Oriental Research, a branch of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. It studies the geopolitics of the Syrian Opposition in exile, exploring the networks of activists, politicians, and militants in Turkey and Jordan. Past publications include “On Failing to ‘Get it Together’: Syria’s Opposition between Realism and Idealism,” Middle East Report 277, 28-34; and “Breaker of Barriers? Notes on the Geopolitics of the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham,” Geopolitics 21:3, 605-627. 


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