Researchers and Interns

Abduhalim Albakkor

A former literature student at Al-Ba’th University in Homs, Abduhalim got displaced from Baba Amr shortly after the uprising and later became a refugee in Turkey, where he graduated with honours from Istanbul Sehir University’s Department of Sociology and worked as a fellow researcher at Koc University’s Migration Research Center. Currently he is pursuing an MA in Gender Studies at CEU in Budapest, Hungary. Contact him at

Connor Kusilek

Connor Kusilek is a Master’s student at the CEU School of International Relations and a volunteer archivist at the Open Society Archives in Budapest. Originally from North Carolina, he earned his undergraduate degree in History from Appalachian State University. In his hometown of Raleigh, he worked as an intern for the refugee resettlement agency USCRI. He has lived in Poznan, Poland for studies and Yerevan, Armenia for an AIESEC exchange. His current work with the Aleppo Project seeks to examine the lessons learned from post-conflict reconciliation in Sarajevo and Grozny, and their potential application in Aleppo. Contact him at