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Hisham Sabbagh

Doctoral Researcher

Hisham Sabbagh

E: hisham.sabbagh.1@city.ac.uk

Thesis title: Failed Peace or Failed Mediation? An Analysis of the Role of the United States in Mediating the Israeli-Syrian Peace Negotiations, 1991-2000

Supervisors: Dr Amnon Aran

Overview and research interests

Hisham’s doctoral project analyses and integrates the key micro and macro dynamics of United States mediation in the Israeli-Syrian peace negotiations, between 1991 and 2000, with the hope of understanding the reasons behind their collapse and more specifically, the role of the U.S. in that outcome. His research is situated at the intersection of conflict management/resolution and foreign policy analysis (FPA) with a focus on U.S. mediation and foreign policy in the Middle East in the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict. It provides a novel integration of broader international relations and U.S. grand strategy to FPA and mediation scholarship, which constitutes a major improvement on the conventional narrowness of vision of both FPA and mediation. Concomitantly, it provides a timely and policy relevant examination of the role of the U.S. in the Middle East and particularly in the Israeli-Syrian peace negotiations of the 1990, and their underlying implications for the politics and security of the broader region.

Hisham formerly worked as a Foreign Policy Analyst and Special Assistant to Ambassador Karen B. Stewart, the Political Advisor to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and to the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation at NATO Allied Command Transformation strategic headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, the United States. He has received training in Cyber Security from the NATO Communication and Information Agency (NCI Agency) and Europol. He is currently a Teaching Fellow at King’s College London and is also a Visiting Lecturer at City, University of London.

Hisham holds a B.A. (Honours) in Economics and International Relations from Lancaster University (UK), an M.A. in International Relations (Diplomacy) from the University of Birmingham (UK) and a Diploma in Diplomacy and Security from the Romanian Diplomatic Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Romania). He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. He is also a Certified Translator and Interpreter in Romanian, Arabic and English from the Ministry of Justice, Romania.

Hisham is a recipient of a full University Doctoral Scholarship from City, University of London and a Doctoral Fellowship from the Israel Institute, Washington D.C. as recognition of his academic excellence. He has also been awarded other smaller grants including from the British International Studies Association (BISA) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the UK.

Research interests:

  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Foreign Policy of Middle Eastern States
  • U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East
  • The Politics and Security of the Middle East
  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • International Mediation
  • NATO Defence and Security Policy
  • Diplomacy and Statecraft


  • Actors in Global Politics (IP1013, BSc Module)
  • Myths and Mysteries in World Politics (IP1014, BSc Module)
  • Foreign Policy Analysis 1 (IP2026, BSc Module)
  • Foreign Policy Analysis 2 (IP2027, BSc Module)
  • Scholarly Writing for International Politics (IP2021, BSc Module)
  • International Politics Project (IP3017, BSc Module)
  • MA Dissertation (IPM111, MA Module)
  • Advanced Issues in International Politics (King’s College London)


  • "A Sine Qua Non of Peace in the Middle East: U.S. Mediation in the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1967-1991". Paper presented at the BISA (British International Studies Association) U.S. Foreign Policy Conference, LSE, London (Sep 2014).
  • “Between Foreign Policy and Peacemaking: U.S. Mediation and the Madrid Middle East Peace Conference of 1991”. Paper presented at the BISA U.S. Foreign Policy Conference, Bath University (16 Sep 2016).


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