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Yaniv Voller

Yaniv Voller
Dr Yaniv Voller
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
4.13 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Research Interests
Middle East Politics, African security, Decolonisation, Sovereignty, Rebel groups and insurgency


PhD, International Relations (London School of Economics)

MSc, Middle East Politics (School of Oriental and African Studies)

BA, Middle East and Islamic Studies (Tel Aviv University)



The Kurdish Liberation Movement in Iraq: From Insurgency to Statehood. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2014

Peer-reviewed articles:

"Identity Politics in the Ba'th Government's Counterinsurgency Campaign against the Kurds in Northern Iraq" Middle East Journal (forthcoming)

"The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and the South Sudan Question: The Limits of Moderation," International Affairs 92, 3 (2016): 665-682

"From Periphery to the Moderates: Israeli Identity and Foreign Policy in the Middle East," Political Science Quarterly 130, 3 (2015): 505-535

"Contested Sovereignty as an Opportunity: Understanding Democratic Transitions in Unrecognized States," Democratization 22, 4 (2015): 610-630

"Countering Violence against Women in Iraqi Kurdistan: State Building and Transnational Advocacy," International Journal of Middle East Studies 46, 2 (2014): 351-372

"Kurdish Oil Politics in Iraq: Contested Sovereignty and Unilateralism," Middle East Policy 20, 1 (2013): 68-82

Book reviews:

"Out of Nowhere: The Kurds of Syria in Peace and War, by Michael M. Gunter," Middle East Policy XXII, 1 (2015), 156-157

"What Kind of Liberation: Women and the Occupation of Iraq, by Nadje al-Ali and Nicola Pratt," Millenium Journal of International Studies 40, 1 (2011), 210-211

"Contested States in World Politics, Deon Geldenhuys," International Affairs 86, 3 (2010), 765-766

Media and policy papers:

"After the Arab Spring: Power Shift in the Middle East?: Turmoil and Uncertainty: Israel and the New Middle East." IDEAS reports - special reports, Kitchen, Nicholas (ed.) SR011. LSE IDEAS, London School of Economics and Political Science

"The Odd Couple: Turkey and the Kurdistan Regional Government," The Majalla, 15 February 2010,

Current Research Project:

Dialogues with Arabism: Second Generation Liberation Movements in the Arab World. Funded by the Leverhulme Trust under grant ECF-2013-179.