Christopher Phillips is Senior Lecturer in the International Relations of the Middle East at Queen Mary, University of London and an Associate Fellow at the Chatham House Middle East and North Africa programme. 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.
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, Nations and Nationalism and Mediterranean Politics and op-eds in The Guardian, The Washington Post, 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 new book, The Battle for Syria: International Rivalry in the New Middle East, was published by Yale University Press in September 2016.