Max Marder

Max Marder is SREO’s Deputy Research Program Manager, focusing on survey design, data analysis and reporting related to humanitarian issues in Syria and Iraq.


He has developed substantial expertise in third-party monitoring and independent research, having started working at SREO in November 2014. Max holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where he focused on International Security and Middle Eastern politics. Max also has a journalism background, having ascended to the position of editor-in-chief of SIPA’s only student-run news publication, The Morningside Post. Before SIPA, his work has focused on understanding the influence of foreign fighters in Syria, human rights and democratic movements in the Middle East, and encounter dialogues in Israel-Palestine.


He is a graduate of Tufts University (A’11) where he majored in International Relations. Max speaks Syrian colloquial and Modern Standard Arabic, and is currently learning Turkish and Kurdish. You can find him on Twitter @maxamarder, where he hopes to increasingly add his voice to the noise.


He is based between Gaziantep and Erbil. He is a diehard fan of the Gaziantepspor Falcons.


Languages: Arabic (Syrian Colloquial, Modern Standard), Spanish, Turkish