Professor Christopher Phillips

Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme and UK in the World Programme

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Christopher Phillips is Professor of International Relations at Queen Mary University of London, where he was formerly a Deputy Dean. He is author of four books including, Battleground: Ten Conflicts that explain the New Middle East, The Battle for Syria: International Rivalry in the New Middle East and co-editor of What next for Britain in the Middle East?

He is founder of Academica International, a geopolitical risk specialist and regularly consults government agencies, private companies and NGOs. He has appeared on BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, BBC News, Al-Jazeera, Sky News and Channel 4 News.

He has published academic articles in International Relations, International Affairs, Third World Quarterly, Middle East Policy, Small Wars and Insurgencies, Orient, Nations and Nationalism and Mediterranean Politics and op-eds in The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Newsweek, CNN, The Huffington Post and Prospect among others.

He was co-curator of ‘Syria: Story of a Conflict’, a public exhibition at the Imperial War Museum and IWM North in 2017-18 and was previously the deputy editor for Syria and Jordan at the Economist Intelligence Unit. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree from Cambridge University.