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Sarah Phillips

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Dr. Sarah Phillips is a non-resident fellow and head of the research training and academic mentoring program at the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies. She is an associate professor in the Department of Government and International Relations at The University of Sydney. Her research draws from years of fieldwork in the Middle East and Horn of Africa (particularly in Yemen and Somaliland) and focuses on security, development, external intervention, non-state governance, and how knowledge about conflict-affected states is produced.

Dr. Phillips is the author of Yemen’s Democracy Experiment, as well as Yemen and the Politics of Permanent Crisis and When There Was No Aid: War and Peace in Somaliland. Her writing on Yemen has also appeared in Foreign Affairs, The European Journal of International Relations, and Foreign Policy. She is a Sydney University Outstanding Academic Researcher ‘SOAR’ Fellow, and will commence an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship in April 2021.

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