Elizabeth Tsurkov

Elizabeth Tsurkov

Non-Resident Fellow

Elizabeth Tsurkov is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Newlines Institute, and a Research Fellow at the Forum for Regional Thinking, an Israeli-Palestinian think-tank based in Jersualem. She is also a doctoral student in the Politics department at Princeton University.


Her research focuses on the Levant, and particularly, the Syrian uprising and civil war. Her research is based on a large network of contacts – ordinary civilians, activists, combatants and communal, political and military leaders – which she has established across the Middle East and particularly in Syria, Iraq and Israel-Palestine. She has also conducted fieldwork in Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and other countries in the region. Elizabeth has over a decade of experience in volunteering and working for human rights organizations in the Middle East fighting for the rights of Palestinians, refugees and migrants, torture survivors, human trafficking victims and ethnic and religious minorities. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Review of Books, Haaretz, Foreign Policy and other outlets. She speaks English, Hebrew, Russian and Levantine Arabic.  

Latest Articles

Kneel and Starve: Under the Watchful Eye of the Secret Police, Syrians Go Hungry

Kneel and Starve: Under the Watchful Eye of the Secret Police, Syrians Go Hungry

Farmers harvest a wheat field in Deir al-Asafir in Syria's southwestern region of Eastern Ghouta, on June 10, 2019. (Louai

How the Syrian Regime Undermines the Response to COVID-19

How the Syrian Regime Undermines the Response to COVID-19

The Syrian regime appears to have given up the effort to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, as the real number of

Syria’s Economic Meltdown

Syria’s Economic Meltdown

Executive Summary ■ The Syrian economy is in a meltdown, with unprecedentedly rapid depreciation of the Syrian currency and a