Dr James Worrall
Associate Professor in International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies
I first came to Leeds in 2003 to do my MA and decided to stay to carry out PhD research on Anglo-Omani relations. I have been teaching in the school since 2005. Before switching to International Relations I studied History and Modern Languages.
My research interests lie in the fields of Security Studies and International Relations and include: Western relations with the Arab World, Gulf Politics and Security, Regional International Organisations, Decolonisation, Counterinsurgency Strategy, Security Sector Reform, Regime Stability and Legitimacy in non-democratic states and Diplomatic theory and practice.
I also have an interest in sub-state conflict and am currently joint reviews editor for the journal Civil Wars.
I teach a wide range of modules in the IR and security areas including: International Politics, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Organisations & World Order and Dirty War: Insurgency, the State & Cities.
Hezbollah: From Islamic Resistance to Government (Santa Barbara, CA.: Praeger, 2015),
Statebuilding and Counterinsurgency in Oman: Political, Military and Diplomatic Relations at the End of Empire (London: IB Tauris, 2014),
‘Between Darius and Khomeini: Exploring Iran's National Identity Problematique’, National Identities, 17.1 (2015), 73-97,
‘Reading Booth In Beirut: Is Hizbollah An Emancipatory Actor?’, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 36.3 (2013), 235-254,
‘Oman: The 'Forgotten' Corner of the Arab Spring’, Middle East Policy, 19.3 (2012), 98-115,
‘Transitioning In and Out of COIN: Efficiency, Legitimacy and Power in Oman’, in At the End of Military Intervention: Historical, Theoretical and Applied Approaches to Transition, Handover and Withdrawal, ed. by Johnson R and Clack T (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014),
‘Bringing The Soil Back In: Control and Territoriality in Western and Non-Western COIN’, in The New Counter-insurgency Era in Critical Perspective, ed. by Ward Gventer C, Jones DM and Smith MLR (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014),
Media Contact Areas
- Britain and the Gulf
- Politics and Society in the Gulf (especially Oman)
- Gulf Security
- Regional Integration in the Middle East and North Africa
- International Organisations
- Insurgency and Counterinsurgency
- Lebanese Politics (especially Hizbollah)