Yaniv Voller is a Lecturer in the Politics of the Middle East, School of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent. His research focuses on domestic conflicts, counterinsurgency, rebel governance and regional diplomacy in the Middle East. His book, The Kurdish Liberation Movement in Iraq: From Insurgency to Statehood, was published in 2014. His articles have appeared in International Affairs, Democratization, the Middle East Journal and the International Journal of Middle East studies, among others. He is currently working on projects relating to militia recruitment in counterinsurgency, the impact of anti-colonial ideas in shaping post-colonial separatist strategies, and the role of diaspora communities as a transnational civil society. In 2018-2019 he is a Conflict Research Fellow at the Conflict Research Programme, sponsored by the Social Science Research Council. Before moving to the University of Kent, he was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the School of Political and Social Sciences, University of Edinburgh. He has a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, MSc in Middle East Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and BA in Middle East and Islamic Studies from Tel Aviv University.