Christopher Phillips

Christopher Phillips is professor of international relations at Queen Mary University of London and author of “Battleground: Ten Conflicts that Explain the New Middle East.” X: @cjophillips

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Biden’s Northern Ireland intervention reveals a weakened West

US President Joe Biden’s visit to Belfast last week inevitably drew comparisons with key interventions made by fellow Democratic President Bill Clinton in the Northern Ireland Peace Process more than two decades ago.

April 15, 2023

Will Turkiye abandon Syria’s rebels?

As Ankara and Damascus edge toward reconciliation, the remnants of Syria’s rebels in the north are concerned that their long-standing Turkish patron will soon abandon them.

February 03, 2023

Truss’s ‘revolution’ will impress no one


Britain’s new Prime Minister, Liz Truss, used her speech at the UN General Assembly to outline her vision for the UK and the world. She called for democracies to stand up and be counted in the face of destabilizing authoritarian aggression.

September 23, 2022

Turkey’s growing ‘empire’ in northern Syria

Several Syrians were arrested last week in the Turkish controlled city of Jarablus in northern Syria for“desecrating the Turkish flag” after protests against suggestions that Ankara was considering normalising ties with Damascus and its ruler, Bashar Assad.

August 19, 2022