With great pleasure, the Center for Constitutional Transitions at NYU Law (Constitutional Transitions) would like to introduce Stephen Starr, editor of the Center’s @ConstDev feed and noted author on the uprising and ongoing civil war in Syria. Before joining the Center, Stephen spent five years as a journalist based in Damascus, where he reported first-hand on the beginnings first twelve months of the demonstrations against the Assad regime.
Stephen is working with Constitutional Transitions to coordinate and curate the @ConstDev Twitter feed, a real-time aggregator of news and analysis on constitutional transitions in the Middle East and North Africa. Working closely with the student researchers of the Constitutional Transitions Clinic, Stephen highlights timely and insightful commentary from both regional and international media outlets for cross-publication via Twitter.
“Charting the ups and downs of constitutional drafting and reform in the Middle East as the region goes through such historical change is very exciting,” said Stephen. “Few organizations today are mapping the constitutional ebb and flow taking place in Egypt, Libya and elsewhere as we are.”
Constitutional Transitions hosted Stephen for a discussion of his new book, Revolt in Syria: Eye-Witness to the Uprising. As one of a small group of Western journalists present in Syria as the revolution gathered steam, the book offers an essential perspective on how the current conflict developed and provides a nuanced look at how the Assad regime has maintained power and support from certain sectors, despite directing tremendous violence against Syrian citizens.
Stephen has been published in the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The London Times, the Guardian and GlobalPost, among others. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of Near East Quarterly, and is currently a Fellow in Global Journalism at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.
More information on Stephen Starr is available at his website.