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Dr Christopher Phillips

Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme

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  • Syria
  • Jordan
  • Turkey's Middle East policy
  • Arab identity
  • International Relations of the Middle East


  • Arab identity in the contemporary Middle East
  • Syria-Turkey relations since 1998
  • Syrian national identity and the 2011-12 uprising
  • International intervention and the 2011-12 Syria uprising
  • Soft power in the Middle East 

Recent Publications

  • The Impact of Syrian Refugees on Turkey and Jordan, The World Today, October/November 2012
  • Everyday Arab Identity: The Daily Reproduction of the Arab World, London: Routledge, 2012
  • 'Syria's Torment', Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, vol. 54, no. 4, August-September 2012
  • 'Team Arab: al-Jazeera and the Flagging of Everyday Arabism during the 2008 Beijing Olympics', Nations and Nationalism 18: 3, 2012
  • 'Syria's Bloody Arab Spring', in After the Arab Spring: Power Shift in the Middle East? LSE IDEAS Special Report, May 2012 
  • 'Turkey and Syria,' in Turkey’s Global Strategy, LSE IDEAS Special Report, 2011


2012 - Present Lecturer in the International Relations of the Middle East, Queen Mary, University of London
2011 - 12 Deputy Editor, Middle East, Economist Intelligence Unit
2006 - 10 PhD, London School of Economics

Broadcast Experience



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