Dalacoura, Katerina

Dr Katerina Dalacoura  


Position held

Associate Professor in International Relations


Experience keywords:

Western policy and the Middle East; culture in international relations; ethics; human rights in the Middle East; international relations theory; political Islam

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International democracy and human rights norms and Islamism in the Middle East, with special reference to Turkey and Egypt; aspects of Western policy in the Middle East; the international politics of culture and religion, with particular reference to Islam.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Egypt; Middle East; Turkey


French [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; Greek [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; Turkish [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]

Media experience:

Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 7398



Dalacoura, Katerina (2018) The impact of Islamist trajectories on the international relations of the post-2011 Middle East In: Kraetzschmar, Hendrik and Rivetti, Paola, (eds.) Islamists and the politics of the Arab uprisings. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 291-306. ISBN 9781474419260

Dalacoura, Katerina (2018) Islamism, secularization, secularity: the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as a phenomenon of a secular age Economy and Society. ISSN 0308-5147 (In Press)


Dalacoura, Katerina (2017) US outlook on the Mediterranean In: Gillespie, Richard and Volpi, Frédéric, (eds.) Routledge handbook of Mediterranean politics. Routledge Handbooks. Routledge, London, UK, 110-119. ISBN 9781138903982

Dalacoura, Katerina (2017) A new phase in Turkish foreign policy: expediency and AKP survival Future notes, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Rome, Italy.

Dalacoura, Katerina and Colombo, Silvia and Dark, Gülşah (2017) Global identities: embedding the Middle East and North Africa region in the wider world. MENARA Papers, Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome, Italy.

Dalacoura, Katerina (2017) ‘East’ and ‘West’ in contemporary Turkey: threads of a new universalism Third World Quarterly, 38 (9). 2066-2081. ISSN 0143-6597

Meddeb, Hamza and Colombo, Silvia and Dalacoura, Katerina and Kamel, Lorenzo and Roy, Olivier (2017) Religion and politics. Religious diversity, political fragmentation and geopolitical tensions in the MENA Region Working Papers, Barcelona Center for International Affairs, Barcelona, Spain.


Dalacoura, Katerina (2016) The events in Turkey Global Brief, Fall (2 Sep 2016) Website

Dalacoura, Katerina (2016) Islamism and neoliberalism in the aftermath of the 2011 uprisings: the Freedom and Justice Party in Egypt and Nahda in Tunisia In: Akcali, Emel, (ed.) Neoliberal Governmentality and the Future of the State in the Middle East and North Africa. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, 61-83. ISBN 9781137546920


Dalacoura, Katerina (2015) Islamism, democracy and democratization and the 2011 Arab uprisings Mediterranean Politics, 20 (3). 420-426. ISSN 1362-9395

(2015) The state of democracy in Turkey: institutions, society and foreign relations Collected papers, Dalacoura, Katerina and Seckinelgin, Hakan, eds LSE Middle East Centre, London, UK.

Dalacoura, Katerina (2015) Muslim and modern: why Turkey's ‘turn to the east’ is no slight to the west Juncture, 21 (4). 324-327. ISSN 2050-5868


Dalacoura, Katerina (2014) The secular in non-Western societies The Immanent Frame (11 Feb 2014) Blog entry

Dalacoura, Katerina (2014) Book review: Do Muslim women need saving? By Lila Abu-Lughod International Affairs, 90 (6). 1468-1469. ISSN 0020-5850

Dalacoura, Katerina (2014) Beyond a self-fulfilling prophecy: religion and conflict in the Middle East Opendemocracy (13 Jan 2014) Blog entry

Dalacoura, Katerina (2014) Homosexuality as cultural battleground in the Middle East: culture and postcolonial international theory Third World Quarterly, 35 (7). 1290-1306. ISSN 0143-6597


Dalacoura, Katerina (2013) Iran's diplomacy shows a recognition of its decline Financial Times. ISSN 0307-1766

Dalacoura, Katerina (2013) Response to Mohammed M. Hafez's review of Islamist terrorism and democracy in the Middle East Peace Review, 25 (1). 151-153. ISSN 1040-2659

Dalacoura, Katerina (2013) The Arab uprisings two years on: ideology, sectarianism and the changing balance of power in the Middle East Insight Turkey, 15 (1). 75-89. ISSN 1302-177X


Dalacoura, Katerina (2012) Turkey, Iran and the Arab uprisings: the failure of political Islam and post-ideological politics Political Reflection Magazine, 2 (4). 68-73. ISSN 2042-888X

Dalacoura, Katerina (2012) The on-going conflict in Syria presents a great challenge to proponents of human rights: a consensual strategy must be found that saves lives and prevents an escalation of violence British Politics and Policy at LSE (2 Mar 2012) Blog entry

Dalacoura, Katerina (2012) Democracy as counter-terrorism in the Middle East: a red herring? Uluslararası İlişkiler, 8 (32). 101-114. ISSN 1304-7310

Dalacoura, Katerina (2012) The 2011 uprisings in the Arab Middle East: political change and geopolitical implications International Affairs, 88 (1). 63-79. ISSN 0020-5850


Dalacoura, Katerina (2011) The brotherhood will soon be left behind Financial Times. ISSN 0307-1766

Dalacoura, Katerina (2011) Democratisation: uprising, violence and reform In: The Arab Spring: Implications for British Policy. Conservative Middle East Council, London, UK, 53-56.

Dalacoura, Katerina (2011) Will changes in Tunisia sweep region? The Wall Street Journal (17 Jan 2011) Website

Dalacoura, Katerina (2011) The uncertain future of political Islam Global Brief, 2 (18). ISSN 1920-6909

Dalacoura, Katerina (2011) Islamist terrorism and democracy in the Middle East Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780521865180


Dalacoura, Katerina (2010) Government and opposition in Egypt: Authoritarianism, de-politicisation and stagnation International Affairs at LSE (14 May 2010) Blog entry

Dalacoura, Katerina (2010) US foreign policy and democracy promotion in the Middle East: theoretical perspectives and policy recommendations Ortadoğu Etütleri, 2 (3). 57-76. ISSN 1308-7541


Dalacoura, Katerina (2009) Middle East area studies and terrorism studies: establishing links via a critical approach In: Jackson, Richard and Breen Smyth, Marie and Gunning, Jeroen, (eds.) Critical Terrorism Studies: a New Research Agenda. Routledge, London, UK, 124-137. ISBN 9780415455077


Dalacoura, Katerina (2006) Islamist terrorism and the Middle East democratic deficit: political exclusion, repression and the causes of extremism Democratization, 13 (3). 508-525. ISSN 1351-0347


Dalacoura, Katerina (2005) US democracy promotion in the Arab Middle East since 11 September 2001: a critique International Affairs, 81 (5). 963-979. ISSN 0020-5850

Dalacoura, Katerina (2005) Islam and human rights In: Smith, Rhona and van den Anker, Christien, (eds.) The Essentials of Human Rights. Hodder Arnold Education, London, 207-209. ISBN 9780340815748


Dalacoura, Katerina (2003) It's not a bad time to be a Middle Eastern dictator Observer Online. ISSN 0029-7712

Dalacoura, Katerina (2003) Engagement or coercion? Weighing Western human rights policies towards Turkey, Iran and Egypt The Royal Institute of International Affairs, London. ISBN 1862031401


Dalacoura, Katerina (2002) International human rights norms and the state in Egypt and Tunisia: globalization, liberalism and culture In: Hovden, Eivind and Keene, Edward, (eds.) The Globalization of Liberalism. Palgrave Macmillan, London, 218-241. ISBN 9780333724750

Dalacoura, Katerina (2002) Violence, September 11 and the interpretations of Islam International Relations, 16 (2). 269-273. ISSN 0047-1178

Dalacoura, Katerina (2002) A critique of communitarianism with reference to post-revolutionary Iran Review of International Studies, 28 (1). 75-92. ISSN 0260-2105


Dalacoura, Katerina (2001) Islam and violence: breaking the link Observer. ISSN 0029-7712

Dalacoura, Katerina (2001) The crisis of 11 September and the interpretations of Islam Koinonia Politon (Winter). 6-9.

Dalacoura, Katerina (2001) Teaching (and learning) Islam in Egypt SAIS Review, XXI (2). 207-210. ISSN 0036-0775

Dalacoura, Katerina (2001) Islamist movements as non-state actors and their relevance to international relations In: Josselin, Daphné and Wallace, William, (eds.) Non-State Actors in World Politics. Palgrave Macmillan, London, 235-250. ISBN 9780333961254


Dalacoura, Katerina (2000) Unexceptional politics? The impact of Islam on international relations Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 29 (3). 879-887. ISSN 0305-8298


Dalacoura, Katerina (1999) Defining a liberal foreign policy International Studies Notes, 24 (3). 53-59. ISSN 0094-7768


Dalacoura, Katerina (1998) Islam, liberalism and human rights: implications for international relations I. B. Tauris, London; New York. ISBN 1860648665

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