Yaniv joined the school in 2016 as a Lecturer in the Politics of the Middle East. Prior to that he was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. 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 The Kurdish Liberation Movement in Iraq: From Insurgency to Statehood, which was published in 2014. His articles have appeared in such journal as International Affairs, Democratization, the Middle East Journal and the International Journal of Middle East Studies.
In 2018/2019 Yaniv will be a Conflict Research Fellow at the DFID-funded Conflict Research Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Social Science Research Council.
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Yaniv’s research focuses on 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. His current research examines the nature of counterinsurgency and the idea of moderation in international politics. He is also developing a project that investigates the role of diaspora activism in the homeland.
Yaniv is happy to supervise PhD students interested in every aspect of Middle East politics, broadly defined, as well as separatism and liberation struggles.