Lina Khatib is head of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House.
She was formerly 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.
Areas of expertise
- 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
- Western Policy Towards Syria: Applying Lessons Learned Research paper 15 March 2017
- Beware of campaign promises on the Middle East The World Today 9 December 2016
- Qatar's foreign policy: the limits of pragmatism International Affairs 6 March 2013
- Cutting Off Civil Society Aid Will Strengthen – Not Weaken – the Armed Coalition in Idlib 27 September 2017
- Putin’s ‘Safe Zones’ in Syria Are Nothing of the Kind 09 May 2017
- How Ceasefires in Syria Became Another Tool of Warfare 05 January 2017
- The Dangers of Outsourcing the War Against ISIS 13 July 2016
- Suffering May Not Be Over for Iraqis 'Liberated' From ISIS 31 May 2016
- Fallujah Offensive Will Lay Bare Need for Local Support 23 May 2016
- Lebanon’s Municipal Elections Offer Hope of Political Renewal 10 May 2016
- 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