Christopher Phillips is Professor of International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London. He was co-curator of ‘Syria: Story of a Conflict’, a public exhibition at the Imperial War Museum and IWM North in 2017-18. He has a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and was previously the deputy editor for Syria and Jordan at the Economist Intelligence Unit and a fellow at Chatham House.
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, Middle East Policy, Small Wars and Insurgencies, Orient, Nations and Nationalism and Mediterranean Politics and op-eds in The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Newsweek, CNN, The Huffington Post and Prospect among others.
His first book, Everyday Arab Identity: the daily reproduction of the Arab World was published by Routledge in 2012. His second book, The Battle for Syria: International Rivalry in the New Middle East, was published by Yale University Press in September 2016, with paperback updates in 2018 and 2020. He is also co-editor with Michael Stephens of What next for Britain in the Middle East? published by IB Tauris in 2021.