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Author Profile Sarah Phillips

Sarah Phillips

Sarah Phillips is an Associate Professor in international security and development at [The University of Sydney]( Her research draws on in-depth fieldwork, and focuses on international intervention in the global south, knowledge production in conflict-affected states, state-building, and non-state governance, with a geographic focus on the Arabian Peninsula and Horn of Africa.

Sarah is the author of three books, the latest of which, [When There Was No Aid: War and Peace in Somaliland]( (Cornell University Press, 2020) builds on research conducted previously for [DLP](, and was awarded the Australian Political Science Association (AusPSA) [Crisp Prize]( for the best scholarly political science monograph (2018-20). She is also published widely in top-tiered academic journals, including [International Studies Quarterly](, the [European Journal of International Relations](, [African Affairs](, [Foreign Affairs](, and [International Affairs]( Her article in African Affairs (co-authored with Justin Hastings) won the [Stephen Ellis Prize]( for the most innovative article in 2014-15.

Sarah has also been awarded a number of prestigious competitive grants, including three from the Australian Research Council (one examining state-formation and external finance in Somalia/Somaliland, another on the organisational dynamics of maritime pirate organisations and, most recently, a project that will explore perceptions of terrorist groups in conflict-affected states). Sarah holds a Sydney Outstanding Academic Research (SOAR) Fellowship, and is a Non-Resident Fellow at the [Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies]( (Yemen and Lebanon).

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