Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme
Lina Khatib
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Lina Khatib is head of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Programme at Chatham House. Formerly she was the director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut and the 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.


  • International relations of the Middle East
  • Islamist groups and security
  • Syrian conflict
  • Foreign policy
  • Political transitions



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


Broadcast experience



  • Arabic (broadcast)
  • French (not for broadcast)
  • 'The Islamic State’s Strategy: Lasting and Expanding' (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2015)
  • The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication (with Dina Matar and Atef Alshaer, London, 2014)
  • Taking to the Streets: The Transformation of Arab Activism (co-edited with Ellen Lust, Baltimore, MD, 2014)
  • Image Politics in the Middle East: The Role of the Visual in Political Struggle (London, 2013)
  • 'Qatar’s Foreign Policy: The Limits of Pragmatism', International Affairs (March 2013), volume 89, issue 2, pp. 417-431