Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme
Christopher Phillips
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Christopher Phillips is a lecturer in the international relations of the Middle East at Queen Mary, University of London. His research focuses on the role of identity in the politics and international relations of the Middle East, focussing primarily on Syria, but with complementary research on Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon. He also examines the regional and international reaction to the ongoing Syria civil war, and how it is reshaping Middle Eastern politics. He has a PhD in international relations from the London School of Economics, and previously worked for the Economist Intelligence Unit. He has lived for several years in Syria and conducts regular research trips to Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon. He has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and various other publications and appeared on BBC Newsnight, Radio 4’s Today Programme, BBC News, Al-Jazeera, Sky News and Channel 4 News. His first book, Everyday Arab Identity: the daily reproduction of the Arab World, was published by Routledge in 2012.


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


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

Broadcast experience



  • Arabic (not for broadcast)
  • 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