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Senior lecturer in International Relations and Security Studies, Curtin University

Dr. Ben Rich focuses his research on Middle Eastern affairs, political violence and international relations. He researches Saudi affairs, military policy and power politics in the Persian Gulf, as well as a range of topics relating to terrorism and insurgency.


  • 2021–present
    Co-director, Curtin Extremism Research Network (CERN)
  • 2016–present
    Senior lecturer, Curtin University


  • 2016 
    Monash University, PhD


  • 2019
    From Defense to Offense: Realist Shifts in Saudi Foreign Policy, Middle East Policy
  • 2017
    Securitising Identity: the case of the Saudi State, Melbourne University Press
  • 2017
    The Saudi State as an Identity Racketeer, Middle East Critique
  • 2016
    Foreign Fighters, Human Rights and Self-Determination in Syria and Iraq: Decoding the Humanitarian Impact of Foreign Fighters in Practice , International Community Law Review
  • 2015
    The Impact of Jihadist Foreign Fighters on Indigenous Secular-Nationalist Causes: Contrasting Chechnya and Syria, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism
  • 2012
    Gulf War 4.0: Iran, Saudi Arabia and the complexification of the Persian Gulf equation, Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations

Research Areas

  • Political Science (1606)
  • Political Theory And Political Philosophy (160609)
  • International Relations (160607)