Originally from Aleppo, Syria, Dr. Karam Shaar has lived for 14 years in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and New Zealand. He is particularly interested in Syria’s political economy. His writings on the subject have been published in the Middle East Institute, The Brookings Institution, Carnegie Middle East Center, and the Atlantic Council. He has also been quoted by The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Guardian, CNBC, PRI, BBC, Aljazeera, and Al-Arabiya. Karam was active in his support for democratic reforms in the first year of the Syrian uprising (2011-12), but he later fled the country and continued his activism from abroad.

Karam has published multiple peer-reviewed academic and policy papers in fiscal and monetary economics and international trade. He works as an independent Syria consultant, the Research Director at the Operations and Policy Center (OPC), and the Syria Program Manager at the Political and Economic Networks Observatory. Prior to that, he worked as a Senior Analyst at the New Zealand Treasury, a researcher at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and as a Senior Lecturer on Middle East Politics at Massey University.

For more information, please visit www.karamshaar.com.

PhD in economics, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Master of science in economics, University Putra Malaysia
Bachelor’s in economics and business administration, University of Aleppo

Countries of Expertise
Syria and the broader Middle East

Issue of Expertise
Syria’s political economy

English, Arabic