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School of Government & International Affairs

Staff Profiles

Prof Clive Jones, BA (Hons) MA, PhD (Wales)

Professor of Regional Security, and Deputy Head of Schoool in the School of Government and International Affairs

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Clive completed his PhD at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1994. His thesis, which examined the political and social impact of the mass migration of Jews from the former Soviet Union upon Israeli conceptions of security was published soon after as a research monograph. Having taught for a year in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth, he moved to the University of Leeds where he eventually came to hold a Chair in Middle East Studies and International Politics. After 17 years at Leeds, Clive moved to the School of Government and International Affairs in February 2013 where he now holds a Chair in Regional Security (Middle East). During his academic career, Clive has held a number of senior academic posts, including Director of Taught Master’s programmes; Academic Group Leader for International Relations, Undergraduate Director for International Relations, Director of Studies, as well as Head of School of the School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds. (2007-2010). He was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Historical Society in 2011, and is currently the Chairman of the European Association of Israel Studies (EAIS). Between 2007 and 2010 he was co-editor of the journal Civil Wars and is currently an editorial board member of the SSCI ranked journals Mediterranean Politics and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism

Clive’s research interests lie in three related areas: International Relations (particularly with regard to foreign and defence policy decision-making), Middle East studies (with a clear emphasis upon Israel and Gulf Security) and security studies (with emphasis upon low intensity conflict and the political and operational use of intelligence as it relates to the Middle East). His book Britain and the Yemen Civil War 1962-1965 (2004/2010) as well as recent articles in peer reviewed journals such as The Middle East Journal, Middle Eastern Studies, International Affairs and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism have explored many of these themes. In 2010, his work on British covert involvement in the Yemen civil War during the 1960s was the subject of a BBC documentary

Research Groups

  • Conflict and Ethics
  • Politics of the Muslim World
  • Regional and International Politics and Security

Research Interests

  • Israeli foreign and security policy
  • Gulf Security
  • Civil-Military relations in the Middle East
  • Intelligence and National Security

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2012: Chair:

    European Association of Israel Studies.

  • 2011: Fellowship of the Royal Historical Society: In 2011, Professor Clive Jones was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Historical Society
  • 2002: Senior Visiting Research Fellow: In 2002, Professor Jones was a senior visiting research fellow in the Department of Political Science, University of Haifa
  • Co-editor:

    SSCI ranked journal Civil Wars (2007-10).

  • Plenary lectures:

    Professor Jones has given plenary lectures and papers to a host of think tanks, research institutes, university departments and government agencies across the world, the most recent including:

    • The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Arts (2013),
    • The Sasakawa Peace Foundation in Tokyo (2011),
    • The Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies the US Army War College in Carlisle PA (2005)


Books: authored

Books: edited

Edited works: contributions

  • Jones, Clive (2013). Gone But Not Forgotten? The Occasional Lessons of the October 1973 War. In The October 1973 War. Siniver, Asaf London: Hurst. 249-264.
  • Jones, Clive (2013). Israel’s Insurgent Citizens: Contesting the State – Demanding the Land. In Islamist Radicalisation in Europe and the Middle East: Reassessing the Causes of Terrorism. Joffé, George London: I. B. Tauris. 200-213.
  • Jones, Clive (2012). A Guiding Hand or Controlling Grasp? Britain, Intelligence and the War in Oman 1970-76. In Imperial Crossroads: The Great Powers and the Persian Gulf. Macris, Jeffrey R. & Kelly, Saul Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute Press. 91-107.
  • Jones, Clive (2012). From the deniable to the acceptable?’ Britain, intelligence and covert action in Yemen and Oman, 1962-1976. In Challenging Retrenchment: The United States, Great Britain and the Middle East. Pedersen, Tore T. Trondheim: Tapir Academic Press/NTNU. 141-172.
  • Jones, Clive (2010). Israel and the Al-Aqsa Intifada: The Conceptzia of Terror’. In International Terrorism Post 9-11. Siniver, Asaf London: Routledge. 126-143.
  • Jones, Clive (2008). Britain, Covert Action and the Yemen Civil War 1962-1967. In Britain and the Middle East: From Imperial Power to Junior Partner. Levey, Zach & Podeh, Elie Brighton: Sussex Academic Press. 248-263.
  • Jones, Clive (2006). Israel: Major Beneficiary. In The Iraq War: Causes and Consequences. Fawn, Rick & Hinnebusch, Ray London: Lynne Rienner. 187-185.
  • Jones, Clive (2002). Israel’s Foreign Policy. In The Foreign Policies of Middle East States. Ehteshami, Anoush & Hinnebusch, Ray London: Lynne Rienner. 115-138.

Journal papers: academic

Selected Grants

  • 2011: £150,000 awarded by the Pears Foundation to support lectureship in Israel and Middle East Studies, University of Leeds.
  • 2010: NOK 220,000k (£22K) Conference grant from Norwegian Research Council/NTNU.
  • 2005: £12,713 British Academy Larger Research Grant on Britain, Intelligence and the Jewish Agency in Palestine 1940-1945.’
  • 2002: $35,000 Visiting Research Fellowship, Department of Political Science, University of Haifa.
  • 1999: £1766 British Academy Grant to undertake research on British Foreign Policy towards the Yemen Civil War 1962-65.