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Jean-Pierre Filiu

Short Term Fellow 2013-2014


Jean-Pierre Filiu

Jean-Pierre Filiu, a historian and an arabist, is professor of Middle East Studies at Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA). He teaches at Sciences Po since 2006 and has been an associate to the CERI since 2009.He has held visiting professorships both at Columbia School of International and Public Affairs(SIPA) and at Georgetown School of Foreign Service (SFS).

He served also as an adviser to the Prime minister (2000-2002), to the Minister of Defense (1991-93), and to the Minister of Interior (1990-91). Prof. Filiu was a career diplomat from 1988 to 2006, following humanitarian missions in Afghanistan (1986) and Lebanon (1983-84). He was assigned to Amman, before becoming Deputy Chief of mission in Damascus and Tunis.

His book Apocalypse in Islam (University of California Press, 2011) was awarded the main prize by the French History Convention. Hurst (London) and Oxford University Press (New York) published his Arab Revolution, ten lessons from the democratic uprising in 2011, Gaza, a History in 2014 and From Deep State to Islamic State: the Arab counter-revolution and its jihadi legacy in 2015. His works and articles about contemporary Islam and the Arab world have been published in a dozen languages. Filiu also wrote the script of Best of Enemies, a graphic novel about US in the Middle East (two of the three volumes are already out with Self Made Hero).

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Professor of Middle East Studies, Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA)