The Syria Conflict Today
10 January 2018
Where: 7.00 pm at the Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 [between Euston station and Euston Square tube station]
Tickets: Members and their guests only
Dr Chris Phillips joined Queen Mary School, University of London, in January 2012, having previously worked as deputy editor for Syria and Jordan at the Economist Intelligence Unit. Before then he did his PhD and Masters in International Relations at the London School of Economics, and BA at Cambridge. He is currently an associate fellow at the Middle East and North Africa programme at Chatham House, working primarily on the Syria conflict and its impact on neighbouring states and the wider Middle East.
He lived in Syria for two years, in Aleppo, Damascus and Lattakia, and much of his research focuses on that country. Since the beginning of the uprising there in 2011, he has regularly consulted various government agencies and NGOS, and have made numerous media appearances on outlets including BBC Newsnight, Radio 4’s Today Programme, BBC News, Al-Jazeera, Sky News and Channel 4 News. He blogs at www.cjophillips.com and tweets at @cjophillips, mostly commenting on Syria, the Middle East, and the lamentable state of Aston Villa Football Club.
Author of The Battle for Syria: International Rivalry in the new Middle East Chris offers an insight into one of the world’s most complex and brutal civil wars. He discusses the domestic and international origins of the conflict, how the picture looks today and posits a few insights into where the conflict and Syria may be headed.