Lina Khatib

Middle East Center
Khatib is director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. Previously, she was the co-founding head of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.


PhD, MA, University of Leicester
BA, American University of Beirut


Arabic; English

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Lina Khatib is director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. Previously, she was the co-founding head of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. Her research interests include the international relations of the Middle East, Islamist groups, political transitions, and foreign policy. She has also published widely on public diplomacy, political communication, and political participation in the Middle East. 

Khatib has published seven books, including Image Politics in the Middle East: The Role of the Visual in Political Struggle (I. B. Tauris, 2013) and the forthcoming Taking to the Streets: The Transformation of Arab Activism (co-edited with Ellen Lust, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014). Her published journal articles include “Qatar’s Foreign Policy: The Limits of Pragmatism,” “Public Diplomacy 2.0,” and “Hizbullah’s Political Strategy.” 

Since 2008, Khatib has been a founding co-editor of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication and a research associate at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. From 2010 to 2012, she was a nonresident research fellow at the University of Southern California’s Center on Public Diplomacy. She lectured at the University of London from 2003 to 2010. 

Prior to joining the academic field, Khatib worked in broadcast journalism in Lebanon.

  • Other Publications Weekly Wonk April 10, 2014
    Aid to Egypt: Black Hole or Black Gold?

    Continued repression threatens to lead Egypt into a dark tunnel of insurgency and instability. The United States must implement aid policies that make accountability to one’s citizens a key condition to receive U.S. aid.

  • Op-Ed Al Jazeera March 29, 2014 عربي
    Assad’s Fatal Strategic Mistakes

    The growing influence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and the National Defense Force may eventually lead to President Bashar al-Assad’s demise.

  • Q&A March 27, 2014 Русский
    What Are the Global Implications of the Ukraine Crisis?

    Russia’s annexation of Crimea and possible future incursions into eastern Ukraine could reshape the geopolitical map of Europe and derail cooperation between Moscow and the West for years to come.

  • Other Publications Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs March 13, 2014
    Syrians in Their Neighborhood: Regional Crisis, Regional Solutions

    There is lack of will to be decisive about the conflict in Syria and a staggering lack of understanding, especially on the part of Western donors, of what is actually happening on the ground.

  • Policy Outlook March 4, 2014 عربي
    A Comprehensive Strategy for Syria: Next Steps for the West

    The Syrian crisis is entering its fourth year without a clear resolution in sight. The West should look beyond the Geneva II conference and implement a comprehensive strategy to push the conflict toward a settlement.

  • Op-Ed Al Jazeera January 27, 2014 عربي
    Geneva II: Watch Out for Back-Channel Talks

    The significance of the Geneva II conference is not going to lie in its formal outcomes as much as in its behind-the-scenes talks.

  • Other Publications Lancet January 20, 2014
    Governance and Health in the Arab World

    Health service delivery is high on the agenda in the Arab world. The international community must focus on increasing government efficacy and improving accountability, which can both lead to reform that will in turn expand and protect opportunities, health, and well-being in the Arab world.

  • Op-Ed Al Arabiya January 16, 2014 عربي
    Lebanon Nine Years On: What’s Changed Since Hariri’s Killing?

    The first hearing of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon has been hotly anticipated by many. But the likelihood of the hearing’s having a significant impact on Lebanese political dynamics is low.

  • Op-Ed Al Jazeera December 28, 2013 عربي
    Who is Behind the Beirut Bombing?

    The contest between Iran and Saudi Arabia is manifesting itself vividly in Syria, and now Lebanon is rising as the next geopolitical battleground for the two regional powers.

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