Professor Asaf Siniver FRHistS

Asaf Siniver

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Professor of International Security

Contact details

Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Asaf Siniver is Professor of International Security at the University of Birmingham. He specialises in conflict resolution, international mediation, diplomacy, Foreign Policy Analysis, contemporary US foreign policy, and the politics, diplomacy, and history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. He has published extensively in these areas, including six books and dozens of articles and edited chapters. His forthcoming single-authored monograph, The International Arbitration of Territorial Disputes (2024, Oxford University Press), was funded by a 2-year Leverhulme Research Fellowship #2020/426 (2020-22).

His current research projects examine the role of legal methods of conflict resolutions (adjudication & arbitration) in the settlement of intrastate conflicts. He is Editor of the Journal of the Global Security Studies, and Chair of the Diplomatic Studies Section of the International Studies Association. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).


  • PhD, International Relations (Nottingham), 2006
  • MA, International Relations (Nottingham), 2002
  • BA, Political Science (Tel Aviv), 1997

Postgraduate supervision

Professor Siniver is happy to discuss research proposals related to international security, diplomacy, conflict resolution, mediation, international law, Foreign Policy Analysis, contemporary US foreign policy, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Other activities

Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Global Security Studies

Chair, Diplomatic Studies Section, International Studies Association

Trainer in Conflict Resolution, Transformation and Peacebuilding at the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies

Affiliate, Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security


Selected publications 

Siniver, A. 2024. The International Arbitration of Territorial Disputes. Oxford University Press, Oxford. 

Siniver, A., and Tsourapas, G. 2023. ‘Middle Powers and Soft-Power Rivalry: Egyptian–Israeli Competition in Africa’. Foreign Policy Analysis 19:2, orac041 

Siniver, A. 2022. The Routledge Companion to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Routledge, London. 

Siniver, A. 2022. ‘The Power to Blame as a Source of Leverage: International Mediation and “Dead Cat Diplomacy”’. The Hague Journal of Diplomacy 17:2, 216-247. 

Hart, D. and Siniver, A. 2020. ‘The Meaning of Diplomacy’. International Negotiation 26:2, 159-183 

Siniver, A., and Featherstone, C. 2020. ‘Low-Conceptual Complexity and Trump’s Foreign Policy. Global Affairs 6:1, 71-85. 

Siniver, A., and Lucas, S. 2019. ‘Understanding Tacit Security Regimes’. Journal of Global Security Studies 4:4, 510-525. 

Siniver, A., and Lucas, S. 2016. 'The Islamic State Lexical Battleground: US Foreign Policy and the Abstraction of Threat'. International Affairs 92:1, 63-79. 

Siniver, A. 2015. Abba Eban: A Biography. Overlook Press, New York. 

Siniver, A. (ed.) 2013. The Yom Kippur War: Politics, Diplomacy, Legacy. Oxford university Press, New York. 

Heemsbergen, L., and Siniver, A. 2011. ‘New Routes to Power: Towards a Typology of Power Mediation.’ Review of international studies 37:3, 1169-1190. 

Siniver, A. (ed.) 2011. International Terrorism post 9/11: Comparative Dynamics and Responses. Routledge, London. 

Siniver, A. 2008. Nixon, Kissinger, and US Foreign Policy Making: The Machinery of Crisis. Cambridge University Press, New York. 

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

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