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Professor Clive Jones

Professor of Regional Security

Professor of Regional Security in the School of Government and International Affairs+44 (0) 191 33 45675
Member of the Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies 


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). In 2011, Clive was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Historical Society and between 2013-16 was the Chair of the European Association of Israel Studies (EAIS). In 2018, he was awarded a Visiting Research Chair at NTNU, Trondheim, Norway. 

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, Journal of Strategic Studies, Intelligence and National Security 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 In 2019, he was interviewed for the ZDF (Germany) documentary, Geheime Israel: Der Mossad (Secret Israel: The Mossad).

Research interests

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

Esteem Indicators

  • 2018: Visiting Research Professor: Department of Historical & Classical Studies, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
  • 2013: European Association of Israel Studies: Chair from 2013-2016
  • 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
  • 2000: Editorial Board Member: Middle Eastern Studies, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Israel Studies Review, Fathow
  • 2000: 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:

    • Israeli Intelligence Commemoration Centre Tel Aviv (2018),
    • Royal United Services Institute London (2017),
    • Bahrain Centre for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (DERASAT) Manama (2016),
    • The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Arts, Trondheim (2013).
    • The Sasakawa Peace Foundation in Tokyo (2011),
    • US Army War College in Carlisle PA (2005)

  • 2000: Co-editor: SSCI ranked journal Civil Wars (2007-10).


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