Dr. Elizabeth Stephens is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Birmingham in the department of American & Canadian studies where she specialises in US foreign policy and the international relations of the Middle East. She is the author of the book US policy towards Israel: The Role of Political Culture in Defining the 'Special Relationship’ and has contributed articles to industry publications and international relations journals. Her recent article marking the fortieth anniversary of the Six Day War was published in History Today.
Elizabeth also works in the City as a Political Risk Analyst within the Political, Credit & Terrorism team at Jardine Lloyd Thompson Ltd, where she monitors and analyses global political risk development and advises corporate and banking clients on their risk exposures. She is the architect of JLT's World Risk Review - a country ratings model that provides short to medium-term assessments of the level of risk associated with nine political and economic perils across 197 countries.
Prior to joining JLT Elizabeth was a researcher for the Dubai-based Gulf Research Centre, where she specialised in EU-GCC relations and was a Visiting Lecturer at Oxford Brookes.
Elizabeth received a PhD. and MSc. in International relations from the London School of Economics & Political Science, where her researched focused on US foreign policy and the international relations of the Middle East. Her research experience has included fieldwork in the Levant, Gulf states and the United States.