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Lina Khatib

SOAS, University of London

Chatham House

Lina Khatib is the Director of the SOAS Middle East Institute at SOAS University of London, where she is MBI Al Jaber Chair in Middle East Studies and Professor of Practice in the Department of Politics and International Studies. She previously led the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House, where she is now an Associate Fellow. She was also formerly director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut and co-founding head of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. Her research focuses on the international relations of the Middle East, Islamist groups and security, political transitions and foreign policy, with special attention to the Syrian conflict.

Lina is a Principal Investigator and is also a researcher for the Iraq and the Levant case study on XCEPT.

Lina Khatib’s XCEPT research


31st March 2023
Find out more about the impact of supply chains and powerful conflict actors on people’s livelihoods in this Twitter Space recording.


10th August 2022
Any policy designed to counter the growing Captagon trade must take into account its impact on local border communities.


20th October 2021
The Iran fuel shipment to Lebanon was significant not because of its size but because of what it signals about regional conflict.


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