Abdulkader Sinno's Academic Website



I am an Associate Professor of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. I received my PhD from UCLA in 2002, was a CISAC Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University in 2002-03, a 2009 Carnegie Scholar, and a 2014-15 Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center. My 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.  I am 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. My articles are published in both qualitative (e.g. American Historical Review) and quantitative (e.g. Journal of Conflict Resolution) journals.

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Recent Media interviews:

  • January 8, 2019: interview with the Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA) on US sanctions on Iran, the War in Afghanistan, and the likelihood of conflict between the US and Iran.
  • September 15, 2018: quoted in the Economist on Muslim women candidates for Congress
  • August 22, 2017: interviews with White House Watch and with Politifact about the Trump administration’s new strategy in Afghanistan.
  • August 21, 2017: interview with Diario El Mercurio (Santiago, Chile) on the Trump administration’s new strategy in Afghanistan.
  • July 27, 2017: Interview with al-Jazeerah on attacks on Muslim candidates
  • Sept 15, 2016: Podcast with IU media school Dean Jim Shanahan on Muslims in the United States
  • 2016: Multiple interviews with Voice of America on conflict in Syria and Libya.
  • Dec 23, 2015: Interview with Sputnik international news agency on Taliban advances.
  • Feb 1, 2015 interview with The Sankei Shimbun (Japan)
  • December 16, 2014: interview with Tribune de Genève on Taliban.
  • November 11, 2014: interviewed on ISIS by USA Today
  • September 22, 2014: quoted in US News and World Report
  • July 2, 2014: Interview with Radio VR (Voice of Russia)-- English World Service on the situation in Afghanistan
  • March 17, 2014: interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on elections in Afghanistan