Dr May Darwich, BA, MA, PhD
(email at firstname.lastname@example.org)
I am an Assistant Professor in International Relations of the Middle East in the School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA) at Durham University, in the United Kingdom. I hold a PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Edinburgh (2015), an MA in International Politics from SciencePo Bordeaux (2010), and a BA in Political Science from Cairo University (2009). I held a Research Fellowship at GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, within the IDCAR-Network ‘The International Diffusion and Cooperation of Authoritarian Regimes’ (2014-2016). I was a Teaching Assistant at the University of Edinburgh (2012-2014) and Cairo University (2010-2011).
My research has appeared in internationally renowned journals, namely Foreign Policy Analysis, the Journal of Global Security Studies, Democratization, Mediterranean Politics, Global Discourse and in volumes on the international relations of the Middle East. My research attempts to bring Middle East cases to debates within IR theory while surmounting the challenge to the study of state behaviour in the Middle East through theoretical lenses. My current research projects focus on regional military interventions in the Middle East, with a particular focus on the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen since 2015, the diffusion of sectarianism in not so sectarian societies in the Middle East, and the concept of 'shame' in international relations and its impact on state identity formation.
I have taught a wide range of modules on International Relations Theory and the Middle East, including IR and Security in the Middle East, Introduction to International Relations, Global Regions in the International System, International Organisations. I am also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I am co-editor of the APSA (American Political Science Association) MENA Newsletter.
PhD, University of Edinburgh (2015)
MA, SciencePo Bordeaux (2010)
BA, Cairo University (2009)
- International Relations of the Middle East
- IR Theory
- Foreign Policies of Middle Eastern States
- Security Studies
- Identity Politics
SGIA 1081 Global Regions in International Relations
SGIA 41115: IR and Security in the Middle East
Indicators of Esteem
- 2018: Guest Researcher, GIGA German Institute for Global and Area Studies, Germany.:
- 2018: Visiting Professor, University of Bari Aldo Mora, Italy.:
- 2018-19 Visiting Fellow at The Centre of International Studies at the London School of Economics:
- Director of the Arab Political Science Network (APSN):
APSN is a scholarly collaborative initiative that seeks to support, enhance, and increase scholars’ research and teaching outputs in the study of Political Science in the Arab World.
- Member of the Steering Committee on the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS):
POMEPS a collaborative network designed to enhance the broader field of Middle East political science.
- Trustee, The Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL):
The Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) is a research organisation and grant-awarding body that conducts, supports and promotes research in the history, culture, society and archaeology of the Levant, and which is affiliated to the British Academy as one of the British International Research Institutes.
- Darwich, M. (2019). Threats and Alliances in the Middle East: Saudi and Syrian Policies in a Turbulent Region. Cambridge University Press.
- Darwich, M. (2017). Book Review of Muted modernists: the struggle over divine politics in Saudi Arabia by Madawi Al-Rasheed. Global Discourse 7(2-3): 396-399.
- Darwich, M. (2016). Book Review of "Democracy Promotion and Foreign Policy: Identity and Interests in US, EU and non-Westerns Democracies". Democratization 23(4): 772-774.
- Darwich, M. (2016). Book Review of "The International Dimensions of Democratization in Egypt: The Limits of Externally-Internally Induced Change". The Middle East Journal 70(2): 333-334.
Chapter in book
- Darwich, M. (2020). Middle Power Theory at the Regional Level: An Analytical Framework for the Middle East. In Unfulfilled Aspirations: Middle Power Politics in the Middle East. Saouli, Adham Hurst.
- Darwich, M. (2019). Saudi Arabia and the Syrian Crisis. In The War for Syria: Regional and International Dimensions. Hinnebusch, Raymond & Saouli, Adham Routledge. 2.
- Darwich, M. (2016). Organization of Islamic Cooperation. In Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World. Martin, Richard C. Macmillan Reference USA. 824-825.
- Darwich, May & Kaarbo, Juliet (2019). IR in the Middle East: Foreign Policy Analysis in Theoretical Approaches. International Relations
- Darwich, M. (2018). Review Article: The International Politics of Authoritarian Resilience and Breakdown in the Middle East. Mediterranean Politics 23(3): 418-426.
- Darwich, M. (2018). The Saudi Intervention in Yemen: Struggling for Status. Turkey Inisight 20(2): 125-141.
- Darwich, M. (2017). Creating the Enemy, Constructing the Threat: The Diffusion of Repression against the Muslim Brotherhood in the Middle East. Democratization 24(7): 1289-1306.
- Darwich, M. & Fakhoury, T. (2016). Casting the Other as an Existential Threat: The Securitisation of Sectarianism in the International Relations of the Syria Crisis. Global Discourse 6(4): 712-732.
- Darwich, M. (2016). Ideational and Material Forces in Threat Perception: The Divergent Cases of Syria and Saudi Arabia During the Iran–Iraq War (1980–1988). Journal of Global Security Studies 1(2): 142-156.
- Darwich, M. (2016). The Ontological (In)security of Similarity: Wahhabism versus Islamism in Saudi Foreign Policy. Foreign Policy Analysis 12(3): 469-488.
- Darwich, M. (2018). Saudi-Arabiens dunkle Rolle in der Syrienkrise [Saudi Arabia's Dark Role in the Syria Crisis]. FriedensForum (4).
Other (Digital/Visual Media)
- Darwich, M. (2019). Great and Regional Powers in the Middle East: The Evolution of Role Conceptions. (34).
- Darwich, M. (2018). Analytical Eclecticism: Appraising the Study of Middle East International Relations. 3(2): 6-8.
- Darwich, M. (2018). The Yemen War: A Proxy Sectarian War?.
- Darwich, M. (2017). Offshore Balancing [in Arabic]. 19: 3-6.
- Darwich, M. (2016). To Intervene or Not to Intervene? The Use of Military Force as Coercive Mechanism of Autocratic Diffusion. POMEPS Studies 46-51.
- Darwich, M. (2015). Machtprestige als Motiv des saudischen Krieges im Jemen [Power Prestige and the Origins of the Saudi War in Yemen]. GIGA Focus Nahost 2015(6): 1-8.
- Darwich, M. (2015). The Challenge of Bridging IR and Area Studies in Middle East International Relations Teaching. LSE Middle East Center Blog
- Darwich, M. (2014). The Ontological (In)security of Similarity: Wahhabism versus Islamism in Saudi Foreign Policy. 263, 1-26.
- 2019: British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants. Amount: £9,953
- 2019: Christopherson Knott Fellowship, Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University
- 2016: APSA MENA Collaborative Grant (2016-2018): $15,000
- 2015: DAAD fund for fieldwork. Amount: €1,500
- 2012: The Arab-British Chamber Commerce Grant. Amount: £2,000
- 2011: Bernard Crick Fellowship, University of Edinburgh. Amount: £3,000
- 2011: Global Supplementary Grant, the Open Society Foundation. Amount: US$5000.
- 2009: Master scholarship of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie
- 2005: Undergraduate Scholarship of Mohamed Farid Khamis Foundation