Dr James Worrall

Dr James Worrall


I first came to Leeds in 2003 to do my MA and decided to stay to carry out PhD research on Anglo-Omani relations. I have been teaching in the school since 2005. Before switching to International Relations I studied History and Modern Languages.

Research interests

My research interests lie in the fields of Security Studies and International Relations and include: Western relations with the Arab World, Gulf Politics and Security, Regional International Organisations, Decolonisation, Counterinsurgency Strategy, Security Sector Reform, Regime Stability and Legitimacy in non-democratic states and Diplomatic theory and practice.

I also have an interest in sub-state conflict and am currently reviews editor for the journal Civil Wars.

Middle East Research Group (MERG)

Dr Worrall on Aljazeera's Inside Story (Video): UAE: Arming up with the Mercenaries

Anglo-Omani Society

British International Studies Association

British Society for Middle Eastern Studies

The Royal Society for Asian Affairs


'Statebuilding and Counterinsurgency in Oman'

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Student education

I teach a wide range of modules in the IR and security areas including: International Politics, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Organisations & World Order and Dirty War: Insurgency, the State & Cities.

Current postgraduate researchers

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