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Simon Waldman

Dr Simon Waldman


Research interests

  • Policy and society


Dr Simon A. Waldman is a Teacher at the Department of War Studies and the Defence Studies Department. He obtained his MA and PhD from the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, King's College London, having earlier read Politics and Sociology at Brunel University. Simon’s research focuses on international diplomacy towards the Middle East, state-building and leadership in the region, Turkish history and politics and the Arab-Israeli conflict from a historical perspective. Simon is the author of Anglo–American Diplomacy and the Palestinian Refugee Problem (Palgrave MacMillan) and the co-author of The New Turkey and its Discontents (Hurst and Oxford University Press, 2017). 

Research Interests

Dr Waldman researches the Arab-Israeli conflict and peace process, the Palestinian refugee problem, late Ottoman history, Turkish history and politics, Kurdish history and politics, and statebuilding and leadership in the Middle East.



-      Anglo-American Diplomacy and the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1948-1951, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

-      The New Turkey and its Discontents, (with Emre Caliskan), Hurst and OUP, 2017.


Academic Articles

-      ‘Factional and Unprofessional: Turkey’s Military and the July 2016 Attempted Coup’ Democracy and Security, March 2019.

-      ‘Power, Patronage and Press Freedom: The Political Economy of Turkey’s Media’, in Eva Polonska et al, Public Service Broadcasting and Media Systems in Troubled European Democracies(Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)

-      ‘UNRWA’s First Years, 1949-1951: The Anatomy of Failed Expectations,’ Diplomacy and Statecraft, Vol. 25, No. 4, October 2014.

-      Review Essay ‘Exaggerating the Death of the Two-State Solution,’ Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 49, No. 5, September 2013.

-      ‘The Israel-Palestine Conflict: The View From Jerusalem,’ Journal of International and Global Studies, Volume 3, Number 1 (November 2011).

-      ‘Major Farran’s Hat,’ Israel Affairs, Volume 16, Issue 2, 2010.

Expertise and Media Engagement

Simon A. Waldman contributes to media outlets such as HaaretzAl-MonitorOpen DemocracyThe Globe and Mailand City AM. In addition, he appears regularly on a wide variety of television and radio programmes commenting on political developments in the Middle East. Some of the outlets he has commented for had included, BloombergBBC World Service, BBC 24, Channel 4 NewsCNNand Monocle Radio