Yaniv Voller is a Senior 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 first book, The Kurdish Liberation Movement in Iraq: From Insurgency to Statehood, was published in 2014. His second book, Second-Generation Liberation Wars: Rethinking Colonialism in Iraqi Kurdistan and Southern Sudan, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press as part of the Intelligence and National Security in Africa and The Middle East series. His articles have appeared in International Affairs, Democratization, Terrorism and Political Violence and the Middle East Journal, among other journals. He is currently working on projects relating to pro-government militias in counterinsurgency. His work has been funded by the Social Science Research Council and the Leverhulme Trust. In 2018-2019 he carried out research for the London School of Economics and Political Science-sponsored Conflict Research Programme and the Department for International Development (now part of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office). He earned his PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.