Lina Khatib

Director, Middle East and North Africa Programme


Dr Lina Khatib leads the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House. She was formerly director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut and co-founding Head of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.

Her research focuses on the international relations of the Middle East, Islamist groups and security, political transitions and foreign policy, with special attention to the Syrian conflict.

She is a research associate at SOAS, was a senior research associate at the Arab Reform Initiative and lectured at Royal Holloway, University of London.

She has published seven books and also written widely on public diplomacy, political communication and political participation in the Middle East.

She is a frequent commentator on politics and security in the Middle East and North Africa at events around the world and in the media.

Past experience


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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