Charles Lister

Charles Lister is a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute. He focuses on terrorism, insurgency and sub-state security threats across the Middle East. He is also a senior consultant to The Shaikh Group’s Track II Syria Initiative, within which he has helped coordinate a two-year process of engagement with the leaderships of over 100 Syrian armed opposition groups. He was formerly a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center in Qatar and before that, the head of MENA at the London-based IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre. Lister’s new book The Syrian Jihad: Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State and the Evolution of an Insurgency was published in the UK in November 2015 (Hurst Publishers) and is due for release in the United States on 1 February 2016 (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