Dr Haro L. Karkour

Dr Haro L. Karkour

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Teaching Fellow

Contact details

POLSIS - School of Government
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Haro L Karkour is a Teaching Fellow in International Relations in POLSIS and co-convenor of the International Relations and Security Theory research group.


  • PhD in International Relations, University of Leicester
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Dr Haro L Karkour is a Teaching Fellow in International Relations in POLSIS and co-convenor of the International Relations and Security Theory research group. Prior to joining POLSIS in 2017, Dr Karkour has completed his PhD in International Relations in the School of History, Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester, where he also taught since 2012. 

Dr Karkour developed innovative teaching methods since 2012 and won several teaching excellence awards. 

In 2019-2020, Dr Karkour convened the 2nd year module IR Theories and the 3rd year module Law, Politics and the International System (term 1), and the 3rd year module Contemporary US Foreign and Security Policy and the PG module US Foreign and Defence Policy (term 2).


Research Interests

  • Classical realism
  • IR theory
  • US foreign policy / US-led international order
  • Human rights and global justice

Current Projects

  • Co-convener of International Relations and Security Theory Research Group

Other activities

Dr Karkour is an active member of the following:

  • British International Studies Association (BISA)
  • Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs)
  • Political Studies Association (PSA)

Dr Karkour also engages with the wider public beyond academia through publishing shorter pieces in the media. He has published several op-eds in Al-Ahram Weekly, some of which were reprinted in other media outlets.


Peer Review Journal Articles

Illiberal irrationality: Trump’s puzzle and the challenge of liberal modernity in US foreign policy forthcoming with International Relations

‘Bringing Morgenthau’s ethics in: pluralism, incommensurability and the turn from fragmentation to dialogue in IR’ forthcoming with the European Journal of International Relations

Karkour, H L (2019) ’Debating global justice with Carr: the crisis of laissez faire and the legitimacy problem in the twenty-first century’, Journal of International Political Theory. Online first. DOI

Karkour, H L (2018) ’Unipolarity’s Unpeacefulness and US Foreign Policy: Consequences of a Coherent System of Irrationality’, International Relations 32:1, pp. 60-79

Op-eds / Public Engagement

'Would Biden Make a Difference?  Al-Ahram Weekly, isse no.  1487 (9-15 April 2020)

‘Educational Reform for Egypt 2030’ Al-Ahram Weekly, issue no. 1404 (2-8 August 2018)

‘Democracy in the Digital Age’ Al-Ahram Weekly, issue no. 1359 (7-13 September 2017)

‘New Order or New Conflict?’ Al-Ahram Weekly, issue no. 1330 (2-8 February 2017)

‘Two Cheers for Sadat’ Al-Ahram Weekly, issue no. 1314 (6-12 October 2016)

‘A Dream and its Discontents’ Al-Ahram Weekly, issue no. 1307 (11-17 August 2016)

Languages and other information

French, Arabic, Armenian

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