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Welcome to the website of Dr Philipp O. Amour

Dr. Philipp Amour is a historian and political scientist. He specializes in the contemporary history and politics of the wider Middle East; in particular, Israel and Palestine.


Dr Philipp Amour has published on politics and international Relations of the wider Middle East, Israel and Palestine in internationally acclaimed peer-reviewed journals and publishers.

Middle East Politics

The End of the Arab Spring?

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Palestine Studies

Palestinian Politics in Transition

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Research Methods

Field Research in the Middle East

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Gulf Studies

The History and International Relations of the Gulf Region Reconsidered

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Philipp O. Amour is Assistant Professor of International Relations (IR) and Middle East Studies (MES) at Sakarya University’s department of International Relations and at Middle East Institute. He studied at the University of Fribourg Contemporary History and Political Science with an emphasis on International Relations (understood broadly), and at the University of Bern Islamic Studies with an emphasis on the Middle East.

Due to his interdisciplinary education, his research spans contemporary history and International Relations as well as security and strategy, particularly of the Middle East; Israel and Palestine; and Swiss-Middle Eastern relations. His expertise lies in two areas of qualitative and empirical research. From this perspective, he conducts field research in several Middle Eastern countries on specific subjects and topics, including the Palestinian / Israeli politics and IR; security system & regional order in the Middle East. From 2007–2010, he was a doctoral visiting fellow at the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies, American University of Beirut, and at Birzeit University in the Palestinian territories. Between 2011-2012 he conducted his post-doctoral research at the Departement of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford. He received several field research, conference, and travelling stipends among others from the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Dr Philipp Amour has taught at the University of Oxford, University of Bern, Birzeit University and at the People High School of Bern (VHSBE). He has been a frequent visiting Professor at Boğaziçi University.

Dr Amour’s scholarly articles and book chapters have appeared in internationally leading peer-reviewed journals and with highly regarded presses. He is co-founder of the International Society for Cultural History (ISCH), and was member of its Committee (2011-2016).

Dr Philipp O. Amour serves as an expert and independent consultants for areas related to:

  • political consulting
  • academic research, and publishing