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Craig Larkin

King’s College London


Violent and Peaceful Behaviour

Craig Larkin is a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics of the Middle East and Deputy Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Divided Societies at King’s College London. Prior to joining King’s he was an ESRC Postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Politics, University of Exeter. Craig holds a PhD in Middle East Studies from the University of Exeter (Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, 2009), an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice (LLM, 1999) and a BA(Hons) in Law and Politics (LLB, 1998) from Queen’s University Belfast. He also studied Arabic at Damascus University (2002-2004) and worked in community development projects in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

He is the author of Memory and Conflict in Lebanon: remembering and forgetting the past (Routledge: London and NY, 2012); co-author of The Struggle for Jerusalem’s Holy Places (Routledge: London and NY, 2013) and co-editor of The Alawis of Syria: War, Faith and Politics in the Levant with Michael Kerr (Hurst/Oxford University Press, 2015). He has also written articles and book chapters on memory and violence, urban geopolitics, Islamist movements and post-conflict politics.

His current book project is examining the Islamic movement inside Israel for which he was awarded a British Academy and Leverhulme grant.

Craig Larkin is a Research Lead on Memory and Conflict for the XCEPT consortium.

Craig Larkin’s XCEPT research


4th January 2024
In a new episode of the Breaking Cycles of Conflict mini-series, XCEPT researchers Dr Craig Larkin, Dr Inna Rudolf, and Dr Rajan Basra explore issues ...


2nd January 2024
In post-conflict settings like Mosul, Iraq, heritage restoration is a nuanced and ever-evolving process, where shared cultural foundations amidst conf...

Briefing paper

31st August 2023
This policy paper assesses the impact of imprisonment and Lebanon’s criminal justice system on radicalisation and violent extremism.


31st May 2023
In this podcast episode, Dr Craig Larkin and Dr Inna Rudolf are joined by Syrian lawyer and founder of the Council, Dr Naseef Naeem; journalist and Mi...


20th February 2023
At this event, King’s College London researchers Dr Craig Larkin and Dr Inna Rudolf will explore how competing narratives of a traumatic past are shap...


2nd February 2023
Are prisons really hotbeds of terrorism? Will the ‘ordinary’ young man entering prison be so influenced by his cell mate that he leaves a terrorist? O...

Briefing paper

14th January 2023
This policy briefing note highlights principles for better embedding international and federal support for post-conflict social recovery within the lo...


24th August 2022
This blog post examines the role of mental health and conflict-related trauma in driving individuals towards embracing violent extremism.


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