Dr Asaf Siniver

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Reader in International Security

Contact details

+44 (0)121 414 6386
+44 (0)121 414 3496
Department of Political Science and International Studies
School of Government and Society
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham,
B15 2TT, United Kingdom


  • PhD, International Relations (Nottingham)
  • MA, International Relations (Nottingham)
  • BA, Political Science (Tel-Aviv)


Current teaching in POLSIS:

  • The Politics of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (POLS G2)
  • US Foreign and Defence Policy (POLS G23)
  • Contemporary US Foreign and Security Policy (POLS 310)

Postgraduate supervision

Areas of PhD Supervision:
- Diplomacy and Conflict Resolutoin
- The Arab-Israeli conflict
- Contemporary US foreign policy
- The Internaational relations of the Middle East
- Foreign Policy Analysis
- International Security


Dr. Siniver’s research interests are concentrated within the field of International Security, with particular emphasis on the following areas:

1. The international relations of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the broader Middle East

2. Third party mediation and conflict resolution

3. Contemporary US foreign policy

4. Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA)


His current research focuses on explaining success and failure of third party mediation in the Arab-Israeli conflict, supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2011-13, RF#2011-222). 

Other activities

Administrative responsibilities: 

  • Director of Postgraduate Studies
  • Member of University of Birmingham Senate

Professional memberships:

  • International Studies Association (ISA)
  • British International Studies Association (BISA)
  • European Association of Israel Studies (EAIS)
  • Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)

Policy and non-academic activities:

  • 'The Arab Awakening One Year On: What Kind of Partner Can Europe Be?', Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Bureau for European Policy Advisers (BEPA) Directorate-General of the European Commission, 15 March 2012. http://carnegieendowment.org/2012/03/15/arab-awakening-one-year-on-what-kind-of-partner-can-europe-be/a6lb?reloadFlag=1
  • Briefing of EU foreign ministers to Israel, SOAS 2013
  • 'EU ban on Israeli settlements could be a game changer', The Conversation, 17 July, 2013 http://theconversation.com/eu-ban-on-israeli-settlements-could-be-a-game-changer-16158
  • 'Laying the Theoretical and Conceptual Basis for Analyzing Mediation' & 'Mediating the Arab-Israeli Conflict: Understanding Success and Failure of Third Party Interventions', Mediation and Inter-faith Dialogue in the Middle East/Gulf – Conceptualizing Elements of a Regional Security Center (RSC), Peace Research Institute, Frankfurt, sponsored by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, the Protestant Church in Hesse and Nassau (EKHN), and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), November 2013
  • 'Changing Middle East', Ministry of Defence Course, October 2012
  • 'The Collapse of the Tranatlantic Special Relationship, 1973', BBC Radio 4, August 2011
  • 'Crisis in Cairo', The Birmingham Brief, February 2011 http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/thebirminghambrief/items/2011/02/2feb-cairo-crisis.aspx 


  • Books

The Yom Kippur War: Politics, Diplomacy, Legacy (ed.). New York: Oxford University Press (2013). http://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-yom-kippur-war-9780199334810?cc=gb&lang=en&  UK edition: The 1973 October War: Politics, Diplomacy, Legacy. London: Hurst (2013). http://www.hurstpublishers.com/book/the-october-1973-war/ 

Nixon, Kissinger, and U.S. Foreign Policy: The Machinery of Crisis. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008 (Hardback) and 2011 (Paperback). http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/history/american-history-after-1945/nixon-kissinger-and-us-foreign-policy-making-machinery-crisis?format=PB

International Terrorism post 9/11: Comparative Dynamics and Responses (ed.). London and New York: Routledge, 2010 (Hardback) and 2012 (Paperback).  http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415622189/

  • Articles and edited chapters

'Airpower and Quagmire: Historical Analogies and the Second Lebanon War' (with J. Collins), Foreign Policy Analysis (2013, DOI: 10.1111/fpa.12029).

'"Good Citizen Europe" and the Middle East Peace Process' (with L. Cabrera), International Studies Perspectives (2013, DOI: 10.1111/insp.12037). 

'The Kissinger Strategem', in A. Siniver (ed.), The Yom Kippur War: Politics, Diplomacy, Legacy (New York: Oxford University PRess, 2013), pp. 85-100.

‘The Limits of Public Diplomacy: Abba Eban and the June 1967 War', in C. Jones and T. T. Peterson (eds.), Israel's Clandestine Diplomacies (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 121-136.

'Arbitrating the Israeli-Palestinian Territorial Dispute', International Politics 49:1 (2012), pp. 117-129.

‘The EU and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict’, in R. Whitman and S. Wolff (eds.), The EU as Global Conflict Manager (London: Routledge, 2012), pp. 80-91.

‘Israeli Identities and the Politics of Threat: A Constructivist Interpretation’, Ethnopolitics 11:1 (2012), pp. 24-42.

‘Change Nobody Believes In: Obama and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict’, Diplomacy & Statecraft 22:4 (2011), pp. 678-695.

‘New Routes to Power: Towards a Typology of Power Mediation (with L. Heemsbergen), Review of International Studies 37:3 (2011), pp. 1169-1190.

‘Managing and Settling Ethnic Conflict’, in S. Wolff and K. Cordell (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Ethnic Conflict, pp. 187-197. London: Routledge, 2011.

‘The Nixon Administration and the Cienfuegos Crisis of 1970: Crisis Management of a Non-Crisis?’, Review of International Studies, 34:1 (2008), pp. 69-98.

‘Power, Impartiality and Timing: Three Hypotheses on Third Party Mediation in the Middle East’, Political Studies, Volume 54:4 (2006), pp. 806-826.

‘The Truth is Out There: The Recently Released NSC Institutional Files of the Nixon Presidency’, Presidential Studies Quarterly, 34:2 (2004), pp.449-454.