Phillips Headshot WebsiteChristopher Phillips is Professor of International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London, where he is also a Deputy Dean. He is author of three books including The Battle for Syria: International Rivalry in the New Middle East (London, Yale University Press, 2016 [3rd ed. 2020]), and co-editor of What next for Britain in the Middle East? (London: IB Tauris, 2021).

He regularly consults UK and foreign government agencies, private companies 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 Relations, 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.

He was co-curator of ‘Syria: Story of a Conflict’, a public exhibition at the Imperial War Museum and IWM North in 2017-18 and was previously the deputy editor for Syria and Jordan at the Economist Intelligence Unit and a fellow at Chatham House. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree from Cambridge University. His website can be found at and he tweets @cjophillips.