Manar Rachwani is a Syrian researcher and journalist. Before joining Syria Direct in July 2019, he was the Research Manager for Southern Syria at the Stabilisation Response Mechanism (SRM) program implemented by Adam Smith International. Before that, Mr. Rachwani was the opinion editor and columnist at Al Ghad daily newspaper of Jordan. He was also a visiting research fellow at Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany; a Draper Hills Summer fellow at Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law / Stanford University; and Atkin fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence (ICSR)/ King’s College-London. Mr. Rachwani is a Ph.D. candidate at Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany. He received M.A. in Political Science from Al al-Bayt University of Jordan, and B.A. in Law from the University of Jordan.