Academic Publications


The Struggle For Supremacy: Saudi Arabia and Iran (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). Forthcoming.

Houses Built On Sand (Manchester: Manchester University Press). Forthcoming.

Securitization in the non-west(London: Routledge, 2018) co-edited with Saloni Kapur..

Sectarianism in the Contemporary Middle East. (London: Routledge, 2017) Co-edited with Lucia Ardovini. 

British Foreign Policy Since 1945 (London: Routledge, 2016) Co-authored with Mark Garnett and Robert Smith.

The Origins of ISIS: The Collapse of Nations and Revolution in the Middle East (London: I.B. Tauris, 2016). Co-authored with Stephen Royle.

Hezbollah: From Islamic Resistance to Government (Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2015). Co-authored with James Worrall and Gordon Clubb.

Terrorism and Political Violence (London: Sage, 2015). Co-edited with Caroline Kennedy and Gordon Clubb.

Saudi Arabia and Iran: Soft power rivalry in the Middle East (London: I.B. Tauris, 2013). Paperback edition published in October 2015.


Peer reviewed journal articles

‘It’s a Family Affair: Religion, Geopolitics and the Rise of Mohammed bin Salman’, Insight Turkey (Spring 2018) 20:2

‘Existential Threats and Regulating Life’, Global Discourse 8:1 (2018)

‘Fundamentalism: examining the role of public reason in ‘non-liberal’ approaches to ‘unreasonable’ doctrines’,  Australian Journal of Political Science 53:2 (2018) pp195-210. With Matthew Johnson.

‘Review: Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends, Rivals or Foes in Geopolitical Flux’,  Bustan: The Middle East Book Review, 8:1 (2017) pp38-53

‘Muting the Trumpets of Sabotage: Saudi Arabia, the US and the quest to ssecuritize Iran’. BRISMES. Forthcoming (online 2017)

‘Sovereignty, Bare Life and the Arab Uprisings. Third World Quarterly 38: 8 (2017) pp 1782-1799

‘The Circle of Bare Life: Hizballah, Muqawamah and the Rejection of Being Thus’. Religion, Politics and Ideology. 18:1 (2017) pp1-22.

‘Nationalist Jāhiliyyah and the Flag of the Two Crusaders’. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. 40:11.(2017) pp 966-985. 

‘Contested spaces and sectarian narratives in post uprisings Bahrain’, Global Discourse 6:4 (2016) pp677-696. With Sossie Kasbarrian

‘People, Sects and States: Interrogating sectarianism in the contemporary Middle East’, Global Discourse with Lucia Ardovini. 6:4 (2016) pp551-560

‘Review: Saudi Arabia in Flux: Plus ca change…?‘ Middle East Journal, 70:3 (2016) pp673-676

‘ISIS: Sectarianism, Geopolitics and Strong/Weak Horses’, E-International Relations, 10.04.15. Online:

‘Aiding Revolution? Wikileaks, Communication and the Arab Spring in Egypt’, Third World Quarterly, 34:10 (2013) pp1843-1867

‘Kingdom in Crisis: Saudi Arabia, Instability and the Arab Spring’, Contemporary Security Policy, 33:3 (2012) pp530-553

The Battle for Bahrain: Iranian-Saudi rivalry’, Middle East Policy, 19:2 (2012) pp84-97


Peer reviewed book chapters

‘Conservatism in Turkey’, in Mark Garnett, Conservativism (Forthcoming, 2018) with Mark Garnett and Bekir Varoglu.

‘Think Tanks and Foreign Policy in the United Kingdom’, with Mark Garnett, in Stephen Brooks, (ed) Think Thanks, Foreign Policy and Geo-politics: Pathways to Influence, (London: Routledge, 2016).

‘Hezbollah, Syria and ISIS’ in Karl Yambert (ed) Security Issues in the Greater Middle East (Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2016).

‘Defining Terrorism Studies’, in Caroline Kennedy and Gordon Clubb and Simon Mabon (eds) Terrorism and Political Violence (London: Sage, 2015).