SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Reem Abou-El-Fadl

BA, MPhil, DPhil (Oxford)
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Reem Abou el Fadl
Department of Politics and International Studies

Lecturer in Comparative Politics of the Middle East

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Centre for Palestine Studies (CPS)


Dr Reem Abou-El-Fadl
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+44(0)20 7898 4713
SOAS University of London
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On Sabbatical:
Terms 1 & 2, 2018/19


Reem teaches courses on the Comparative Politics and International Relations of the Middle East, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her research interests include the foreign policy making of developing states, as well as nationalism in Turkey and the Arab world, and her work has appeared in the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Journal of Palestine Studies, and the International Journal of Transitional Justice, among other venues. She is particularly interested in Egyptian politics and history, and is co-editor of the Egypt page at jadaliyya e-zine.

Before moving to SOAS, Reem was lecturer in the Politics and International Relations of the Middle East at the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University. Before that, she taught at the University of Oxford, where she was Jarvis Doctorow Junior Research Fellow in International Relations and the Middle East at St Edmund Hall and the Department of Politics and International Relations, from 2010 to 2013. She completed her doctorate in Politics at St Antony’s College, Oxford, in 2010.



Reem has research interests in the foreign policy making of developing states, as well as nationalism in the Middle East. She explored these themes in her doctoral research, comparing foreign policy and nation building in 1950s Turkey and Egypt. Reem’s current research examines the political thought and practice of pan-Arabism through the lens of Egyptian-Palestinian relations during the 1970s. Meanwhile, Reem is completing an edited volume on the 25 January 2011 Egyptian revolution. Its contributors examine the political contestation of both domestic and foreign policy in Egypt, and the regional and international connections of its new political actors.


Authored Books

Abou-El-Fadl, Reem (2018) Foreign Policy as Nation Making: Turkey and Egypt in the Cold War. Cambridge University Press.


Abou-El-Fadl, Reem (2019) 'Building Egypt’s Afro-Asian Hub: Infrastructures of Solidarity and the 1957 Cairo Conference'. Journal of World History. [Forthcoming]

Abou-El-Fadl, Reem and James, Leslie and Leow, Rachel and Lewis, Su Lin and McCann, Gerard and Stolte, Carolien (2018) 'Manifesto: Networks of Decolonization in Asia and Africa'. Radical History Review, (131), pp 176-182.

Abou-El-Fadl, Reem (2015) 'Early pan-Arabism in Egypt's July revolution: the Free Officers' political formation and policy-making, 1946–54'. Nations and Nationalism, (21) 2, pp 289-308.

Abou-El-Fadl, Reem (2015) 'Neutralism Made Positive: Egyptian Anticolonialism on the Road to Bandung'. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, (42) 2, pp 219-240.

Abou-El-Fadl, Reem (2012) 'The Road to Jerusalem through Tahrir Square: Anti-Zionism and Palestine in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution'. Journal of Palestine Studies, (41) 2, pp 6-26.

Abou-El-Fadl, Reem (2012) 'Beyond Conventional Transitional Justice: Egypt’s 2011 Revolution and the Absence of Political Will'. International Journal of Transitional Justice, (6) 2, pp 318-330.

Edited Books or Journals

Abou-El-Fadl, Reem, (ed.), (2015) Revolutionary Egypt: Connecting Domestic and International Struggles. London: Routledge. (Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Democratization and Government).

Book Chapters

Abou-El-Fadl, Reem (2016) 'Nasserism'. In: Ghazal, Amal and Hanssen, Jens, (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Middle-Eastern and North African History. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Abou-El-Fadl, Reem (2014) 'Egypt'. In: Shahin, Emad El-Din, (ed.), Oxford Encyclopaedia of Islam and Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Abou-El-Fadl, Reem (2013) 'Turkey’s Cold War Alignment: Nation Building and the Utility of the 1957 Syrian Crisis'. In: Hinnebusch, Raymond and Tür, Özlem, (eds.), Turkey-Syria Relations: Between Enmity and Amity. Farnham: Ashgate.

Abou-El-Fadl, Reem (2012) 'Arab Perceptions of Contemporary Turkish Foreign Policy: Cautious Engagement and the Question of Independence'. In: Öktem, Kerem and Kadıoğlu, Ayşe and Karlı, Mehmet, (eds.), Another Empire? Turkey’s Foreign Policy Transformations. Istanbul: Istanbul Bilgi University Press.

Book Reviews

Abou-El-Fadl, Reem (2012) 'Review of Oroub El-Abed, Unprotected: Palestinians in Egypt since 1948 (2009)'. Journal of Palestine Studies, (42) 1, pp 84-85.

Abou-El-Fadl, Reem (2012) 'Review of Laurence Raw, Exploring Turkish Culture: Essays, Interviews and Reviews (2011)'. Insight Turkey, (14) 1, pp 178-180.

Abou-El-Fadl, Reem (2009) 'Review of Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, The Politics of Secularism in International Relations (2008)'. Millennium: Journal of International Studies, (37) 3, pp 833-835.


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