Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme
Christopher Phillips
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Christopher Phillips is senior lecturer in the International Relations of the Middle East at Queen Mary, University of London. He lived for several years in Syria and conducts frequent research trips to the US, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and the Gulf. He regularly consults UK and foreign government agencies and NGOs, and has appeared on BBC Newsnight BBC Radio 4's Today Programme, BBC News, Al-Jazeera, Sky News, Bloomberg and Channel 4 News. He has published academic articles in International Affairs, Third World Quarterly, Nations and Nationalism and Mediterranean Politics and op-eds in the Guardian, Newsweek, CNN, The Huffington Post and Prospect among others. He has published two books, Everyday Arab Identity: the daily reproduction of the Arab World with Routledge in 2012, and The Battle for Syria: International Rivalry in the New Middle East, with Yale University Press in 2016.


  • Syria
  • The international relations of the Middle East
  • Arab identity
  • Turkey’s Middle East policy
  • Jordan


2012 - Senior Lecturer 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)
  • ‘Eyes Bigger than Stomachs: Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in Syria’ Middle East Policy, Volume 24, Issue 1, Spring 2017
  • The Battle for Syria: International Rivalry in the New Middle East (London, Yale University Press in 2016)
  • ‘Intervention and non-intervention in the Syria crisis’ in F. Kühn and M. Turner (eds.), The Politics of International Intervention. The Tyranny of Peace (London: Routledge, 2016)
  • 'Sectarianism and conflict in Syria.' Third World Quarterly 36.2 (2015), pp. 357-376.
  • ‘Gulf Actors and the Syria Crisis’ in The New Politics of Intervention of Gulf Arab States, London School of Economics and Political Science Middle East Centre, Collected Papers Vol. 1, 41-51 (2015)
  • Everyday Arab Identity: The Daily Reproduction of the Arab World, (London: Routledge, 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