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Dr Reinoud Leenders

Reader in International Relations and Middle East Studies

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Department of War Studies

School of Security Studies

King's College London


London WC2R 2LS






Contact Details


Tel:   +44 (0) 207 8482006

Student office hours: Wednesdays 15.00-16.30 (during term time)



 I am Reader in International Relations and Middle East Studies in the War Studies Department at King’s College London. I obtained my PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies from London University. My research interests and teaching focus on Middle East politics generally and Syria, Lebanon and Iraq in particular. My work deals with the political economy of corruption, authoritarian governance, refugee issues, and conflict. I authored several articles in academic journals and edited volumes and Spoils of Truce: Corruption and State Building in Post-War Lebanon (Cornell University Press 2012). I formerly worked for the International Crisis Group based in Beirut, and for the University of Amsterdam.

Research Interests

My research interests cover:

  • Middle East and North Africa: Authoritarian governance, corruption, social movements, armed conflict and refugee issues   
  • Syria, Lebanon and Iraq
For a full list of current publications please refer to the Research Portal

I teach and convene the following modules:


Security Issues in the Middle East and North Africa       


The International Politics of the Middle East.

PhD Supervision

I am currently not taking on any new PhD students. 


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