Dr Lina Khatib

Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme

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Dr Lina Khatib is director of the SOAS Middle East Institute and MBI Al Jaber Chair in Middle East Studies as well as Professor of Practice at the Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS University of London.

Prior to this, she served as director of the Middle East and North Africa programme at Chatham House and director of the Carnegie Middle East Center at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

She also co-founded and led the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and was a senior associate at the Arab Reform Initiative.

She has published several books and is a frequent writer and commentator on current affairs in the Middle East.

Past experience

2016-23 Director, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

Senior Research Associate, Arab Reform Initiative


Director, Carnegie Middle East Center


Co-founder, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy, Stanford University


Senior Lecturer, Royal Holloway, University of London

2008 - present

Founding co-editor, Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication

2007 - present

Research Associate, SOAS, University of London


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