- May Darwich
- Politics and International Relations School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
- Research Interests
- International Relations of the Middle East, International Relations, Middle East Politics, IR and the Middle East, Balance of power, identity politics, ideas and foreign policy, Political Islam
Ideational and Material Forces in Threat Perception: Saudi and Syrian Choices in Middle East Wars
Successfully defended on 27 August 2015.
MA International Politics, Sciences Po Bordeaux, France (2010)
BA Political Science, Cairo University, Egypt (2009)
Broadly my research focuses on Arab regimes' threat perception, during major wars in the region. I focus on the interplay between ideational and material factors in shaping threat perception and, accordingly, alliance formation. The research is an attempt of bringing Middle East cases to debates within IR theory and surmounting the challenge to the study of state behaviour in the Middle East through theoretical lenses.
Dr. Adham Saouli and Dr. Juliet Kaarbo
Since 2016: Lecturer in International Relations of the Middle East, School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University.
July 2014- Dec 2015: Research Fellow, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies. Project: The International Diffusion and Cooperation of Authoritarian Regimes (since July 2014).
Project website: http://idcar.giga-hamburg.de
Assistant Lecturer, Cairo University (since 2010)
Refereed Journal Articles
Forthcoming, 'Ideational and Material Forces in Threat Perception: The Divergent Cases of Syria and Saudi Arabia during the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988)', Journal of Global Security Studies.
Forthcoming, ‘The Ontological (In)security of Similarity: Wahhabism versus Islamism in Saudi Foreign Policy’, Foreign Policy Analysis.
Book Chapters and Encyclopedia Entries
Forthcoming 2016, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, in The Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, Martin, Richard C. et al, eds. Macmillan Reference USA
2013, ‘Arab Revolutions: Between National Demands and Supranational Implications’ [in Arabic]. Conference Proceedings. In Nadia Moustafa & Amal Hamada (eds.) The Arab Uprisings and the Study of Political Science [in Arabic] (Cairo: Cairo University), p. 416-442.
Forthcoming, Book review of ‘Democracy Promotion and Foreign Policy: Identity and Interests in US, EU and Non-Western Democracies, by Daniela Huber’. Democratization.
2012, Book Review of ‘Le Monde Unidimensionel, by Dario Battistella’, Al-Siyassa Al-Dawliya, no.183, p.91.
2015, ‘Machtprestige als Motiv des Saudi Krieges im Jemen’ [Power Prestige and the Origins of the Saudi War in Yemen], GIGA Focus Nahost, 06/2015, https://giga.hamburg/en/publication/machtprestige-als-motiv-des-saudischen-krieges-im-jemen
2015, ‘The Challenge of Bridging IR and Area Studies in Middle East International Relations Teaching’, LSE Middle East Center Blog, http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mec/2015/08/18/the-challenge-of-bridging-ir-and-area-studies-in-middle-east-international-relations-teaching/
2014, ‘The Ontological (In)security of Similarity: Wahhabism versus Islamism in Saudi Foreign Policy’, GIGA Working Paper, No. 263, December. Available at: http://www.giga-hamburg.de/en/publication/the-ontological-insecurity-of-similarity-wahhabism-versus-islamism-in-saudi-foreign
2011, « En direct du Caire », Extension[s], n.29, p.16.
2011, ‘Political Stability: The Mysterious Case of Qatar’. Middle East Political and Economic Institute, http://mepei.com/in-focus/4608-political-stability-the-mysterious-case-of-qatar
University of Edinburgh
School of Social and Political Science
- Politics of the Middle East - Honours (fall 2012/ fall 2013)
- Political Islam - Honours (Spring 2013/ Spring 2014)
- Introduction to Politics and IR (Fall 2013)
- Democracy in Comparative Perspective (Spring 2013)
HSS International Foundation Programme
- Introduction to International Relations (Summer 2013/ Summer 2014)
- Introduction to International Relations (Spring 2014)
- Foreign Policy Analysis (2010-2011)
- Arab Political Regimes (2010-2011)
2015, 'The Securitization of Sectarianism in the International Relations of the Syrian Conflict', Workshop on Sectarianism, University of Lancaster, Lancaster, June 19 (co-authored with Dr. Tamirace Fakhoury).
2015, ‘The Challenge of Bridging Disciplines and Area Studies in Teaching Middle East Politics’, Workshop on the Ethics of Political Science Research and Teaching in MENA, APSA Workshop at the University of Mohammed V, Rabat, 9-10 June.
2015, ‘Rethinking Ideational and Material Forces in Threat Perception: The Divergent Cases of Syria and Saudi Arabia’, Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS) Annual Conference, Washington DC, 21-22 May.
2014, The Interplay of External Support and Domestic Conditions of Authoritarianism in Middle East Politics: The Case of Egypt’, The International Diffusion and Cooperation of Authoritarian Regimes’ Network Conference (IDCAR), Hamburg, 17-19 December.
2014, 'The Interplay of External Support and Domestic Conditions in Authoritarian State-Building in the Middle East'. Middle East Studies Association (MESA), Washington DC, 22-25 November.
2014, 'The Ontological (In)security of Similarity: Wahhabism versus Islamism in Saudi Foreign Policy'. The World Congress of Middle East Studies (WOCMES), Ankara, 18-22 August.
2014, ‘Anxiety in International Relations: A Comparative Analysis of Saudi Foreign Policy in 1979 and 2011’. The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES), University of Sussex, 18-20 June.
2014, ‘Wahhabism versus Islamism: The Ontological (In)security of Sameness in the Saudi Foreign Policy’. MENA Workshop of the American Political Science Association (APSA), Tunis, 4-9 June.
2014, ‘Rethinking Ideational and Material Forces in International Relations: Syria and Saudi Arabia as Case Studies’. The International Studies Association (ISA), Toronto, 26-29 March.
2012, ‘The Arab Spring: Saudi Arabia and the Monarchical Security Complex’.Graduate Conference of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES), 11 June.
2011, ‘Arab Revolutions: From National Demands to Pan-Arab Prospects’. The Annual Conference of the Political Science Department of Cairo University, 14-15 June.
Awards and Scholarships
- Scholarship of the Arab-British Chamber Commerce Charitable Foundation, 2012-2013
- Global Supplementary Grant, the Open Society Foundation, 2011-2012
- Bernard Crick Fellowship, University of Edinburgh, 2011-2012
- Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie Masters Scholarship, 2009-2010
- French Government scholarship, 2009-2010
- Mohamed Farid Khamis Foundation Scholarship for academic achievement, 2005-2009
- International Relations Research Group, University of Edinburgh
- International Studies Association (ISA)
- The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES)
- Middle East Studies Association (MESA)
- American Political Science Association (APSA)