May Darwich

Project summary:
Broadly my research focuses on alliance choices made by Arab states, namely Saudi Arabia and Syria, during major wars in the region. I am particularly interested in studying the causal mechanism behind the interplay between ideational and material factors in shaping threat perception and, accordingly, alliance formation.The research is an attempt of bringing Middle East cases to debates within IR theory and surmounting the challenge to the study of Middle East state behaviour in an (un)exceptional Middle East.

I received my Bachelor of Political Science at Cairo University in 2009, and then I received my MA in International Politics at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Bordeaux (Science Po Bordeaux), France in 2010. From October 2010 to September 2011, I worked as an assistant lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University. Since September 2011, I am a PhD student in the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, UK.


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