Vish Sakthivel


Fellow - Middle East Program

Research Areas:

Islamist politics in Algeria and Morocco

Authoritarian durability in North Africa

Political Culture in North Africa

Democracy and Authoritarianism

Vish Sakthivel is a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Program on the Middle East, focusing on North Africa. She is also a doctoral candidate in Modern Middle East Studies at Oxford University, where she is writing her dissertation on Islamist politics in Algeria and Morocco. Her research is based primarily on ethnographies and is supplemented by archival consultation. She is also a nonresident adjunct fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) responsible for coverage of North Africa, and is the author of the WINEP monograph, “Al-Adl wal-Ihsan: Inside Morocco’s Islamist Challenge.” She has lived in Algeria, Morocco, and the United Kingdom. Her work has appeared in Foreign AffairsWorld Politics Review, Al Monitor, the Oxford University Press Islamic Encyclopedia, among other outlets. She is proficient at various levels in Maghreb Arabic dialects, Modern Standard Arabic, Tamil, and French.

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Vish Sakthivel
Robert A. Fox Fellow
Foreign Policy Research Institute
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