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 (ed.) 2022, Routledge Companion to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. 1st edn, Routledge, London.

Siniver, A 2008, Nixon, Kissinger and U.S. Foreign Policy: the Machinery of Crisis. Cambridge University Press, New York. <http://www.cambridge.org/aus/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521269520&ss=fro>

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

Siniver, A 2013, The Yom Kippur War: Politics, Diplomacy, Legacy. Oxford University Press, New York. <http://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-yom-kippur-war-9780199334810?q=siniver&lang=en&cc=gb>

Recent publications


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


Siniver, A & Tsourapas, G 2023, 'Middle powers and soft-power rivalry: Egyptian–Israeli competition in Africa', Foreign Policy Analysis, vol. 19, no. 2, orac041. https://doi.org/10.1093/fpa/orac041

Siniver, A 2022, 'The power to blame as a source of leverage: international mediation and ‘dead cat diplomacy’', The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 216-247. https://doi.org/10.1163/1871191X-bja10098

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 & 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 & 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 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 & 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 & 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 2016, Managing and settling ethnic conflict. in The Routledge Handbook of Ethnic Conflict: Second Edition. Taylor & Francis, pp. 181-190. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315720425


Avant, D, Braumoeller, B, Chenoweth, E, Croco, S, Siniver, A & Zarakol, A 2020, 'Exclusion and inclusion in global security studies', Journal of Global Security Studies, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 1-3. https://doi.org/10.1093/jogss/ogz063

Gaskarth, J, Jeffery, R, Moret, E, Neudorfer, N, Özkeçeci-Taner, B, Siniver, A & Tsuruoka, M 2020, 'New Team, Same Mission: JoGSS as a Broad Tent for Global Security Research', Journal of Global Security Studies, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 227-228. https://doi.org/10.1093/jogss/ogaa017

Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

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

Other contribution

Siniver, A 2018, Begin, Menachem (1913-92).. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118885154.dipl0019

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