Associate Professor of International Politics,
The American University of Beirut


Areas of Expertise
Climate Change, Global Governance, International Organizations, Multilateralism and Regimes, Peace and Security, Peacekeeping, Post 2015 Development Agenda, Sustainable Development, The Global South, The Responsibility to Protect, United Nations

Region of Focus
The Middle East

Karim Makdisi is an Associate Professor of International Politics and Director of the Program in Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He was the faculty research director of the UN in the Arab World Program at AUB’s Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, where he served as Associate Director from 2009-2014.He was a founding member and served on the first Board of Trustees of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS). Makdisi is currently the primary investigator, at AUB, of two European Union grant programs. The first is a 3-year (2017-2019) EU-funded Horizon 2020 research project entitled Middle East and North Africa Regional Architecture, a consortium of universities and research institutes across Europe and the Mediterranean looking into regional transformation in the Middle East. The second is also a 3-year (2018-2021) part of the Erasmus+ Program network entitled EU-Middle East Network Action (EUMENIA).

Recent Publications
Latest publications include the edited volumes The Land of the Blue Helmets: United Nations in the Arab World (Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2017, with Vijay Prashad); and Between Regional Autonomy and Intervention: New Conflict Dynamics in the Middle East and North Africa (eds. Boserup et al. Copenhagen: Danish Instituter for International Studies, 2017); and Interventions in Conflict: International Peacemaking in the Middle East (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, with R. Khouri and M. Wählisch). Recent articles include: “Writing about Insecurity and Global Politics in Beirut” (2019, with W. Hazbun and C. Hindawi-Pison); “Exploring the UN and OPCW Partnership in Syrian Chemical Weapons Disarmament: Inter-organizational Cooperation and Autonomy,”(2019, with C. Hindawi) Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations (accepted: January 2019); “The Syrian Chemical Weapons Disarmament Process in Context: Narratives of Coercion, Consent, and Everything in Between” (with C. Hindawi) in the Third World Quarterly, Issue 8, 2017; and “Intervention and the Arab Uprisings: from Transformation to Maintenance of Regional Order” (in eds. Boserup et al, 2017). He is currently working on a book project related to the 2006 Lebanon-Israel war.