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Michael David Clark


Michael Clark is a Teaching Associate at POLIS. He received his PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Cambridge, where his doctoral research project examined foreign policy formulation in the Lebanese Hizbullah and the Iraqi Sadrist Movement. Michael has an MRes in Middle East Studies from the University of Exeter and a MSc in International Relations from the University of Bristol; his research at both institutions focused on Hizbullah’s identity and politics. 


Michael has held appointments as a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and as an Associate Researcher at the American University of Beirut. He has also previously worked as a Research Associate at POLIS on the ESRC funded project Media, Faith and Security: Freedom of Expression in Religious Context


Research Interests

Michael’s research interests extend to three main subject areas and one geographical zone. He maintains a particular focus on Arab Shiiite Islamism and is currently writing a monograph on the Iraqi Sadrist Movement and its offshoots. He is also actively engaged in research on violent or armed non-state actors as agents of foreign policy. Michael’s third area of focus concerns Iranian security strategy in Middle Eastern Shia communities. More broadly, his research covers the politics of Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.   


Dr Clark teaches on POL 4 Module A (The Middle East: Egypt and Iran compared) and on POL 12 (The Politics of the Middle East). He has previously taught on POL 2 (International conflict, order and justice) and POL 3 (International organisation).


Key Publications

  • Foreign policy formulation in Hizbullah and the Sadrist Movement: A comparative analysis (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).


  • A genealogy of Sadrist political thought (British Journal of Middle East Studies, forthcoming).