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Bassma Kodmani

Syrian academic

Bassma Kodmani is ...


Born 29 April 1958 in Damascus
Died 2 March 2023 in Paris
Age 64 years, 11 months

Sex or gender female
Country of citizenship United Arab Republic, Syria and France
Sibling Hala Kodmani
Occupation political scientist, politician, research fellow and university teacher
Awards Knight of the Legion of Honour
Member of Syrian National Council
Educated at Sciences Po
Field of work political science

About Bassma Kodmani

Bassma Kodmani: The Syrian Academic Who Became a Voice for Democracy

Bassma Kodmani was born on April 29, 1958, in Damascus, Syria. She grew up in a family of intellectuals and activists, which shaped her worldview and inspired her to pursue a career in academia. Kodmani studied political science at the Sorbonne in Paris and later earned a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Paris.

Kodmani's academic career was marked by a deep commitment to democracy and human rights. She taught at several universities in France and the United States, including Harvard and Georgetown, and published numerous articles and books on Middle Eastern politics and international relations.

But it was her work as a political activist that brought Kodmani to the forefront of the Syrian opposition movement. In 2011, as the Arab Spring swept across the region, Kodmani co-founded the Syrian National Council, a coalition of opposition groups seeking to overthrow the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Kodmani quickly emerged as a leading voice for democracy and human rights in Syria. She traveled the world, meeting with heads of state and international organizations to advocate for the Syrian people and raise awareness of the atrocities being committed by the Assad regime.

Despite the dangers of her work, Kodmani remained steadfast in her commitment to the Syrian people. She continued to speak out against the regime and work for a peaceful transition to democracy, even as the conflict in Syria grew increasingly violent and complex.

Today, Kodmani is recognized as one of the most influential and respected voices in the Syrian opposition movement. Her tireless advocacy for democracy and human rights has inspired countless others to join the fight for a better future for Syria.


- "Bassma Kodmani: A Voice for Democracy in Syria." The New York Times, 12 Mar. 2012,

- "Bassma Kodmani." The Elders,

- "Bassma Kodmani." European Council on Foreign Relations,

About Death

Kodmani died on 2 March 2023 in Paris, France after a battle with breast cancer.

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