Toby Dodge

Toby Dodge

Consulting Senior Fellow for the Middle East


  • Iraq;

  • International relations of the post-colonial world; and

  • Comparative politics of the Middle East

Current research projects:

  • A study of the ideological parameters within which the administration of George W. Bush developed its policy towards Iraq;

  • An examination of the theoretical explanations of civil war, comparing them with the rise of counter-insurgency doctrine, particularly in Iraq; and

  • A comparative study of interventions, regime change and state building (including work on Afghanistan to 2015 and Beyond, see below). 

Background: Toby Dodge has been researching the politics of Iraq and the wider Middle East for the past 15 years. In addition to his work at the IISS, he is Professor International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Before he took up this position in 2011, he was a Reader in International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London. 

Dr Dodge has carried out extensive research in Iraq both before and after regime change in 2003. He completed a PhD on Iraqi politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Joined IISS: October 2003


Dr Dodge published the Adelphi book Iraq; from war to a new authoritarianism (2012), co-edited the Adelphi book Afghanistan to 2015 and Beyond (2011), wrote Adelphi Paper 372, Iraq’s future; the aftermath of regime change (2005), and co-edited Adelphi Paper 354, Iraq at the Crossroads: State and Society in the Shadow of Regime Change (January 2003). Articles in Survival: Global Politics and Strategy include ‘Iraq’s road back to dictatorship’ Vol. 54, No. 3 (June-July, 2012), 'The US and Iraq: time to go home’, Vol. 52, No. 2, (April-May, 2010), ‘Iraq and the next American President’, Vol. 50, No. 5, 2008, and ‘The causes of US failure in Iraq’, Vol. 49, No. 1 (Spring 2007). 

His other published works include Inventing Iraq, the Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied (2003) and Globalisation and the Middle East, Islam, Economics, Culture and Politics (2002). He has also published in The Washington Post, Le Monde Diplomatique, The Times, The Guardian, The Observer, and The Independent on Sunday.

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