Christopher Phillips is senior lecturer, International Relations of the Middle East, Queen Mary University of London, and associate fellow, Chatham House Middle East and North Africa Programme, where he founded the Syria and Its Neighbours Policy Initiative. He lives in London.
"Philips ... argues in a lucid and readable manner with a good balance of facts and anecdotes, that while domestic triggers and the wider impact of the Arab Spring may have caused the crisis, it was maintained by 'external powers being unwilling to prioritise ending the conflict over their own wider geopolitical agendas.'"-James Denselow, New York Journal of Books -- James Denselow New York Journal of Books "Provides genuinely valuable insight into the dynamics of a tragedy that will undoubtedly remain at the centre of the world's attention for many years to come."-Daniel Falkiner, LSE Review of Books -- Daniel Falkiner LSE Review of Books