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), Taking to the Streets: The Transformation of Arab Activism (co-edited with Ellen Lust, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014), and The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication (co-authored with Dina Matar and Atef Alshaer, Hurst/Oxford 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.

  • Oxford University Press August 15, 2014
    The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication

    Hizbullah uses its image, language, and its charismatic leader, Hassan Nasrallah, to legitimize its political aims and ideology and appeal to different target groups.

  • Johns Hopkins University Press April 16, 2014
    Taking to the Streets: The Transformation of Arab Activism

    A critical look at the dynamics of activism in the Arab world since the Arab uprisings of 2011 and the interplay between the domestic and regional contexts in different Arab countries.

  • March 19, 2015 Beirut عربي
    Youth Marginalization and Radicalization Amid the Syrian Crisis

    As the Syrian crisis enters its fourth year, the situation continues to become more difficult for refugees, host communities, and donors. Among Syrian refugees, youth are one of the most critically affected groups.

  • March 18, 2015 Beirut عربي
    Amr Hamzawy on the Plight of the Arab Nation-state

    The Carnegie Middle East Center welcomed Amr Hamzawy and Hazem al-Amin to examine the challenges facing democracy, development, and security in Egypt and the Levant region during the last four years.

  • February 26, 2015 Tunis عربي Français
    Cross-border Security Threats and Responses

    Modern jihadist organizations have taken advantage of continued instability to make themselves into territorialized organizations which frequently cross established state borders, such as the Islamic State.

  • February 18, 2015 Beirut عربي
    The Ethics of Media Reporting on Terror

    Jihadist organizations like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State use propaganda tools to intimidate, control, and recruit. The mainstream media is forced to evaluate its own ethics and standards in fear of spreading the radicals’ messages.

  • November 3, 2014 Washington, DC
    From Hizbullah to the Islamic State

    From humble beginnings in the 1980s, Hizbullah’s political clout and public perception have trended upward, thanks to a communications strategy that has adapted to changes in the local and regional environment.

  • September 24, 2014 Beirut عربي
    A Strategy for Fighting the Islamic State

    Following the U.S. announcement of a strategy against the Islamic State, the Carnegie Middle East Center held a talk to analyze the direction of American foreign policy and the creation of an international coalition to tackle the Syrian-Iraqi crisis.

  • July 17, 2014 Beirut عربي
    What Next for Kurdistan and Iraq?

    As most of Iraq threatens to collapse under the weight of sectarian violence, Kurdistan in northern Iraq stands in sharp contrast. Will Kurdistan seize this opportunity to declare its independence?

  • June 5, 2014 Beirut عربي
    The Syrian Presidential Elections: A Non-Turning Point

    On June 3, the Syrian people cast their votes for a new president amidst an ongoing civil war. How will the election results impact the prospects for a political solution?

  • May 21, 2014 Washington, DC
    The Local and Regional Dynamics of Arab Activism

    After the major uprisings of 2011 in Egypt, Tunisia, and Yemen, many assumed that the movements emerged spontaneously directed by tech-savvy, young revolutionaries. However, citizen activism in the Arab world was already adapting to changing internal political and social dynamics in the preceding years.

  • May 7, 2014 Beirut عربي
    Tripoli From the Brink? Addressing the Underlying Challenges

    Tripoli has become the focal point for much of the conflict in Lebanon, with potentially significant implications for Lebanon and the region.

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