Charles Lister

Charles Lister is a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute, where his work focuses primarily on the conflict in Syria and on issues of terrorism and insurgency across the Levant. Since September 2016, Lister has managed the Middle East Institute’s Countering Terrorism project. Prior to this, Lister also managed nearly three years of intensive face-to-face engagement with the leaderships of over 100 Syrian armed opposition groups, on behalf of the multinationally-backed Syria Track II Dialogue Initiative. 
Lister is a frequent source of briefings on the Syrian insurgency to political, military and intelligence leaderships in the United States and across Europe and the Middle East. He appears regularly on television media, including CNN, the BBC and Al-Jazeera, and his articles have been widely published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the BBC, CNN, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy, among others. 
Lister has previously held positions as a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Doha Center in Qatar and as head of MENA at IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Center in London, UK. 
Lister’s critically-acclaimed book, "The Syrian Jihad: Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State and the Evolution of an Insurgency,” was published in February 2016 by Oxford University Press. He has also published “The Islamic State: A Brief Introduction” (Brookings Press, 2015) and he is now working on a third book on Syria, commissioned by Oxford University Press.
1st Class MA Honours in International Relations, University of St. Andrews
Countries of Expertise
Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon
Issues of Expertise
Terrorism, Insurgency, al-Qa'ida, ISIS, Military & Defense
English, French
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