Dr Asaf Siniver

Asaf Siniver

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Reader in International Security
Head of Internationalisation, School of Government
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Global Security Studies

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

Dr Siniver is a Reader in International Security. His work is broadly concerned with conflict resolution and international mediation, the Arab-Israeli conflict, foreign policy analysis, and contemporary US foreign policy.

He is currently a Leverhulme Research Fellow (2020-22) on the project “From Mediation to Arbitration: Conflict Resolution and Territorial Disputes”.


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

Postgraduate supervision

- Conflict resolution, mediation, arbitration
- Diplomacy
- Foreign Policy Analysis
- The Arab-Israeli conflict
- Contemporary US foreign policy


Asaf Siniver’s research focuses on the intersection of conflict resolution, diplomacy, international security, and the role of third parties in the settlement of territorial disputes. He has published extensively in the areas of international mediation, contemporary US foreign policy, foreign policy analysis, and the politics, diplomacy and history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. His current research is on international arbitration and territorial disputes (funded by Leverhulme Research Fellowship #2020-426/7).  

Other activities

Leverhulme Research Fellow (2020-22)

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


Highlight publications

Siniver, A & Hart, D 2021, 'The meaning of diplomacy', International Negotiation: a journal of theory and practice, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 159-183. https://doi.org/10.1163/15718069-BJA10003

Siniver, A & Lucas, S 2019, 'Understanding tacit security regimes', Journal of Global Security Studies, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 510-525. https://doi.org/10.1093/jogss/ogz034

Siniver, A & Lucas, W 2016, 'The Islamic State lexical battleground: US foreign policy and the abstraction of threat', International Affairs, vol. 92, no. 1, pp. 63-79. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2346.12507

Siniver, A & Featherstone, C 2020, 'Low-conceptual complexity and Trump's foreign policy', Global Affairs, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 71-85. https://doi.org/10.1080/23340460.2020.1734953

Siniver, A 2015, Abba Eban: A Biography. 1st edn, Overlook Press, New Work.

Recent publications


Siniver, A 2010, International Terrorism post 9/11: Comparative Dynamics and Responses. Routledge.


Siniver, A 2016, 'Anti-Intellectualism and Israeli Politics', British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, vol. 43, no. 4, pp. 630-643. https://doi.org/10.1080/13530194.2016.1166936

Siniver, A & Cabrera, L 2015, '"Good citizen Europe" and the Middle East peace process', International Studies Perspectives, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 210-228. https://doi.org/10.1111/insp.12037

Siniver, A 2015, 'Abba Eban and the Development of American–Israeli Relations, 1950–1959', Diplomacy and Statecraft, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 65-83. https://doi.org/10.1080/09592296.2015.999625

Siniver, A & Collins, J 2015, 'Airpower and quagmire: Historical analogies and the Second Lebanon War', Foreign Policy Analysis, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 215-231. https://doi.org/10.1111/fpa.12029

Siniver, A 2012, 'Arbitrating the Israeli-Palestinian territorial dispute', International Politics, vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 117-129. https://doi.org/10.1057/ip.2011.30

Siniver, A 2012, '‘Israeli Identities and the Politics of Threat: A Constructivist Interpretation’', Ethnopolitics, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 24-42. https://doi.org/10.1080/17449057.2011.571186

Siniver, A 2011, '‘Change Nobody Believes In: Obama and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict’', Diplomacy and Statecraft, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 678. https://doi.org/10.1080/09592296.2011.625825

Heemsbergen, L & Siniver, A 2010, 'New routes to power: towards a typology of power mediation', Review of International Studies, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 1169-1190. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0260210510001002

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Siniver, A 2012, The Limits of Public Diplomacy: Abba Eban and the June 1967 War. in C Jones & T Petersen (eds), Israel's Clandestine Diplomacies. Columbia University Press.


Siniver, A 2010, Introduction. in International Terrorism post 9/11: Comparative Dynamics and Responses. <http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415552301/>

Siniver, A 2010, Managing and Settling Ethnic Conflict. in Routledge Handbook of Ethnic Conflict. <http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415476256/>

Commissioned report

Siniver, A 2014, Mediating the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: Current Prospects and Alternative Frameworks. Policy Briefs for the Middle East Conference on a WMD/DVs Free Zone, vol. 31, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. <http://academicpeaceorchestra.com/?p=policybriefs>


Newman, E, Cordell, K, Siniver, A & Wolff, S 2010, 'Editorial', Civil Wars, vol. 12, no. 1-2, pp. 1-2. https://doi.org/10.1080/13698249.2010.498605

Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Siniver, A 2018, Arab-Israeli conflict. in The encyclopedia of diplomacy. Wiley. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118885154.dipl0337

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