Lina Khatib is head of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House. She was formerly director of the Carnegie Middle East Centre in Beirut and the co-founding head of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University’s Centre on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. Her research focuses on the international relations of the Middle East, Islamist groups and security, political transitions, and foreign policy, with special attention to the Syrian conflict.
Lina is the author of, among others, Image Politics in the Middle East: The Role of the Visual in Political Struggle and, with Dina Matar and Atef Alshaer, The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication. She is a frequent writer and commentator on current affairs in the Middle East. Outside of her work in policy, she spends her time supporting musicians from the Middle East and creating visual art commenting on the region’s crises.