Salma Eissa is a Middle East Assistant Research Manager at ACLED. Salma has an M.A. in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, London. She has 10 years of experience in the Egyptian civil society and research and academia sectors, and has a keen interest in political analysis and trends and patterns of political violence in the MENA region. She is fluent in Arabic and English, and is based in Cairo, Egypt.

Unrest in Basra Signals Growing Crisis

A new wave of violent demonstrations occurred last week in the oil-rich province of Basra in southern Iraq as the mounting pressure of economic and social grievances reached a boiling point. At the heart of the crisis is a set of complex issues revolving around the various political crises which have plagued the Iraqi government…

Elections and Sectarianism in Iraq and Lebanon

Since the beginning of May 2018, voters in both Lebanon and Iraq have gone to the polls in historic elections. There have been concerns that these elections could spark violence amongst the participating actors due to sectarian tensions and the divisive political landscapes in these countries — as well as pressures from the Syrian Civil…