Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

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.

Research Interests

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.

Key Publications


  • Worrall JE, Mabon SP, Clubb GC, Hezbollah: From Islamic Resistance to Government (Santa Barbara, CA.: Praeger, 2015)

  • Worrall JE, Statebuilding and Counterinsurgency in Oman: Political, Military and Diplomatic Relations at the End of Empire (London: IB Tauris, 2014)

Journal articles

  • Worrall JE, Saleh AB, ‘Between Darius and Khomeini: Exploring Iran's National Identity Problematique’, National Identities, 17.1 (2015), 73-97
    DOI: 10.1080/14608944.2014.930426

  • Worrall JE, ‘Reading Booth In Beirut: Is Hizbollah An Emancipatory Actor?’, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 36.3 (2013), 235-254
    DOI: 10.1080/1057610X.2013.755914

  • Worrall JE, ‘Oman: The 'Forgotten' Corner of the Arab Spring’, Middle East Policy, 19.3 (2012), 98-115
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4967.2012.00550.x


  • Worrall JE, ‘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)
    DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198725015.003.0007

  • Worrall JE, ‘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)
    DOI: 10.1057/9781137336941.0012

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)

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