Senior Research Fellow; Project Director, Syria and Its Neighbours Policy Initiative
Neil Quilliam
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Neil Quilliam is a senior research fellow with the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Programme and project director of the Syria and Its Neighbours policy initiative.

Prior to this he was acting head of the MENA Programme, having first joined Chatham House as a senior research fellow in January 2014, before becoming a senior consulting fellow in September 2014. 

He previously served as senior MENA energy adviser at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), senior MENA analyst at Control Risks, London, and senior programme officer at the United Nations University, Amman.

Neil has lived in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and UAE, and has travelled extensively around the MENA region, working on a variety of development, education and research projects.

He has published a number of books and articles on international relations and political economy of Syria, Jordan, Iraq and the Gulf Cooperation Council states.


  • GCC Countries
  • Energy – Middle East & North Africa
  • Syria
  • Iraq
  • Jordan


2010-2014 Middle East and North Africa Energy Adviser, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London
2005-2010 Head of Desk/Senior Analyst, Middle East & North Africa, Control Risks, London
2003-2005 Senior Programme Officer, United Nations Leadership Institute, Amman, Jordan
2002-2003Development Consultant, Queen Zein Al-Sharaf Institute for Development, Amman, Jordan
2002-2003 Policy Analyst, Emirates Center for Strategic Studies & Research, Abu Dhabi, UAE 
2000-2002 Lecturer (Part-time), Jordan Institute of Diplomacy, Amman, Jordan 
2000-2002 Programme Officer, United Nations Leadership Institute, Amman, Jordan 
1998-2000 Prince of Wales and King Faisal Scholar, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 

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  • Arabic (not for broadcast)
  • Saudi Arabia and the Politics of Oil, Saudi Foreign Policy: Conflict and Cooperation in Uncertain Times, IB Tauris, edited by Neil Partrick, forthcoming 2014
  • Siria: las debilidades y errores de un régimen político Voces, Tramas y trayectorias: la protestas populares en el Medio Oriente y Norte de África. Monterrey: Universidad de Monterrey and Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. pp. 45-94 (2014)
  • Jordan, The Iraq War: Causes and Consequences, edited by Rick Fawn and Raymond Hinnebusch, 2006 
  • The Gulf Arab States, Good Governance and the Oil Monarchies, edited by Tom Najem, Routledge, 2002 
  • Jordan First: Redefining the Kingdom’s Strategic Role, Development and Democratisation in Jordan, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2000
  • Syria and the New World Order, Ithaca Press, 1999