Portrait of Dr Yaniv Voller

Dr Yaniv Voller

Senior Lecturer in Middle East Politics


Yaniv joined the School of Politics and International Relations in 2016 as a Lecturer in the Politics of the Middle East. Before that, he was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. In 2018-2019, Yaniv was also a Conflict Research Fellow at the Conflict Research Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science, supported by DFID and the Social Science Research Council. He received his PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he also taught courses in the International Relations and the International History Departments.

Yaniv’s research broadly concerns the geopolitics of the Middle East, the foreign policies of Middle Eastern states, separatism/liberation, insurgency and the role of ideas, ideology and practices in shaping international politics. He is the author of two books: The Kurdish Liberation Movement in Iraq: From Insurgency to Statehood (Routledge, 2014) and Second-Generation Liberation Wars: Rethinking Colonialism in Iraqi Kurdistan and Southern Sudan (Cambridge University Press, 2022). His articles have appeared in International Affairs, Democratization, the Middle East Journal and the International Journal of Middle East Studies.

Research interests

  • Civil wars
  • Separatism
  • Militias
  • Geopolitics
  • Diasporas
  • The geopolitics of the Middle East





Yaniv is happy to supervise PhD students interested in every aspect of Middle East politics, broadly defined, as well as separatism and liberation struggles.  

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