Dr. Reinoud Leenders is a political scientist specialising in the study of international and comparative politics of the Middle East. He teaches International Middle East Politics (MA) and Conflict and Security in the Middle East and North Africa (BA) at King’s College London, Department of War Studies. His research focuses primarily on Syria and Lebanon where he investigates authoritarian governance, post-conflict recovery, corruption, popular mobilisation, armed conflict, displacement and the politics of humanitarian aid. Leenders is a senior non-resident fellow with the Beirut-based Policy Initiative and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Mediterranean Politics (UK), Middle East Report (US), and the Journal of Syria Studies (St. Andrew’s University, UK). At King’s College London he is a member of the Centre for the Study of Divided Societies and a co-founding member of the Lebanon and Syria Research Group.