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Dr Carly Beckerman

Associate Professor in the International Relations of the Middle East


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Associate Professor in the International Relations of the Middle East in the School of Government and International AffairsIM215, Al-Qasimi Building+44 (0) 191 33 45666
Member of the Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies  
Executive Director (Interim) in the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience +44 (0) 191 33 45666


Dr Beckerman joined Durham University in 2014 to focus on the political psychology of British and American foreign policy in the Middle East.

She received her PhD in International Studies from the University of Birmingham in 2013 and spent one year as a Visiting Fellow at the Middle East Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science while lecturing in Foreign Policy Analysis at City University, London.

Dr Beckerman’s research is situated between the fields of Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) and Conflict Resolution, with a particular focus on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Research interests

  • Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA)
  • Conflict Resolution/Third Party Mediation
  • Political Psychology and IR
  • Israel-Palestine
  • British Empire in the Middle East
  • American foreign policy in the Middle East


Authored book

  • Beckerman, Carly (2020). Unexpected State: British Politics and the Creation of Israel. Indiana University Press.

Chapter in book

  • Beckerman, Carly (2019). A Divisive Promise: The Legacy of the Balfour Declaration. In Israel in a Turbulent Region: Security and Foreign Policy. Petersen, Tore Routledge.
  • Beckerman-Boys, Carly (2013). Assessing the Historiography of the October War. In The Yom Kippur War: Politics, Legacy, Diplomacy. Siniver, Asaf Oxford University Press. 11-28.

Journal Article

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