Wilson Center Experts

Abdulkader Sinno

Global Europe Program
Middle East Program

Contact Information:
Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
Middle East and North Africa
Associate Professor of Political Science, Indiana University
Wilson Center Project(s):
"Muslims in Western Parliaments"
Sep 01, 2014
May 31, 2015

Abdulkader Sinno is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, and a 2014-15 Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center. He received his PhD from UCLA in 2002, was a CISAC Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University and a 2009 Carnegie Scholar. His first book, Organizations at War in Afghanistan and Beyond (Cornell University Press, 2008; 2010 paperback edition) develops an organizational theory to explain the evolution and outcomes of civil wars, ethnic strife and other territorial conflicts.  He is also editor of Muslims in Western Politics (Indiana University Press, 2009) and the author of articles and book chapters on Muslim minority political representation in Western liberal democracies, public attitudes towards Muslim immigration, the Arab Spring, conflict processes, and Islamist parties’ participation in elections.

Project Summary

Abdulkader Sinno explores Muslim minority representation in elected office in Western countries. Effective Muslim representation, if done right, could institutionalize the management of damaging social conflicts and preempt the creation of an alienated social caste of European Muslims. He focus in particular on the behavior of Muslim candidates and elected officials as well as sentiment towards them among publics, party officials, and individuals of Muslim background. He uses a broad range of advanced interview, survey and experimental methods.

Major Publications

Sinno, Abdulkader H. Organizations at War in Afghanistan and Beyond. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 2008.

Sinno, Abdulkader H., ed. Muslims in Western Politics. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 2009.

Sinno, Abdulkader H., ed. “Researching Western Muslims,” special section of the Review of Middle Eastern Studies 46 (2) Winter 2012.

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