Daniel Neep


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Daniel Neep is Assistant Professor at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

Neep's main field of expertise is state formation and state-society relations in the Middle East, with a focus on Syria. He is the author of 'Occupying Syria under the French Mandate: Space, Insurgency and State Formation' (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and is currently finishing a second book entitled 'The Nation Belongs to All: the Making of Modern Syria' (under contract with Allen Lane for publication in 2017).

Professor Neep has spent several years in Syria since the late 1990s, variously studying, working and teaching. Prior to joining Georgetown in 2013, he was a lecturer [assistant professor] in the Department of Politics at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. He also worked for 3 years as Research Director (Syria) and Director of Strategic Development at the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL), in which capacity he was based in Damascus throughout the first year of the Syrian uprising before relocating to Amman, Jordan. Before moving into academia, Neep was Head of the Middle East & North Africa Programme at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI), a foreign policy think tank in London, from 2002 to 2004.

Professor Neep was an affiliated researcher at the American University of Beirut in 2015 and a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in 2016. He sits on the editorial boards of two academic journals, Contemporary Levant and Critical Military Studies.

Neep teaches courses on comparative politics of the Middle East, the politics of Syria, empire, and war & military politics on Georgetown's renowned Master's program in Arab Studies..


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  • PhD (2009) School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Politics
  • MA (2001) School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Near & Middle Eastern Studies (Politics major)
  • BA (Hons) (1999) St John's College, University of Oxford, Arabic and French


  • Arabic (speak, read, write)
  • French (read)