Dr. Karim Makdisi

Karim Makdisi is an Associate Professor of International Politics and founding director of the Program in Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut (AUB).

Makdisi was a founding member of Arab Council for the Social Sciences, where he is an Affiliated Researcher in the Critical Security Studies working group. He is primary investigator of two 3-year European Union projects: a Horizon 2020 research project entitled Middle East and North Africa Regional Architecture (MENARA, 2017-2019), a consortium of universities and research institutes looking into regional transformation in MENA; and Erasmus+ network project, EU-Middle East Network In Action (EUMENIA, 2018-2021).

His latest publications include The Land of the Blue Helmets: United Nations in the Arab World (Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2017, with Vijay Prashad); Between Regional Autonomy and Intervention: New Conflict Dynamics in the Middle East and North Africa (eds. Boserup et al. Copenhagen: Danish Instituter for International Studies, 2017); and Interventions in Conflict: International Peacemaking in the Middle East (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, with R. Khouri and M. Wählisch). Recent articles include: “Writing about Insecurity and Global Politics in Beirut,” APSA MENA Newsletter (Spring 2019, with W. Hazbun and C. Hindawi); “Contested Multilateralism: The United Nations And The Middle East,” in MENARA Working Papers (2019); “Exploring the UN and OPCW Partnership in Syrian Chemical Weapons Disarmament: Inter-organizational Cooperation and Autonomy, ”Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations (2019, with C. Hindawi); “The Syrian Chemical Weapons Disarmament Process in Context: Narratives of Coercion, Consent, and Everything in Between” (with C. Hindawi) in the Third World Quarterly (2017); and “Intervention and the Arab Uprisings: from Transformation to Maintenance of Regional Order” (in eds. Boserup et al, 2017).