I recently recorded an interview with Simon Mabon (Lancaster) for the podcast series of Lancaster University’s project on Sectarianism, Proxies, and De-Sectarianization, in which I talk about my journey from the north of England to the Middle East.

You can listen to my musings here!



Remapping the Middle East is no more than a fantasy concocted from a phantasm, an illusion distilled from the fragments of a half-remembered dream.”

To read the rest of my take on the West’s obsession with redrawing the map of the Middle East, visit my article in Discover Society!

Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service recently interviewed me about my new book project, The Nation Belongs to All:The Making of Modern Syria.

Read more about my motivations for writing this book, how my research informs my teaching, and why the Sykes-Picot narrative misunderstands the Middle East here.

Other recent news contributions include:

Assad’s 20-year rule, from Damascus Spring to Pariah,’ AFP, 9 June 2020

Syria’s uprising came from its neglected suburbs, now Assad wants to rebuild them,’ The National, 18 June 2018

The Ugly Solutions to Peace in Syria,’ Harvard Review, 23 November 2017

Trump’s Abrupt Regime-Change Pivot Raises Concerns about a ‘Mad Max’ Syria,’ The Intercept, 17 April 2017