Dr James Vaughan

BA University College London MA University College London PhD University of London

Dr James Vaughan

Lecturer in International History

Department Director of UG Studies

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Dr James Vaughan joined the Department of International Politics from University College London in September 2002 after a period working as a researcher for the BBC's Middle East Correspondent. In 2009/10 and 2011/12, Dr Vaughan was the Department's Director of Undergraduate Studies.



Dr Vaughan specialises in the history of British and American diplomatic policy towards the Middle East. His PhD thesis, 'The Anglo-American relationship and propaganda strategies in the Middle East, 1953-1957', was completed in 2001 and he subsequently extended this into a major study of American and British propaganda and public diplomacy in the Arab world during the early Cold War period. His current research focuses upon the changing attitudes and policies of Britain's major political parties towards Zionism, Israel, Palestinian nationalism and the Arab-Israel dispute but he continues to publish on British propaganda policy towards the Arab Middle East and Iran.

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Monday 14.30-15.30
  • Friday 14.30-15.30


‘Mayhew's outcasts’: Anti-Zionism and the Arab lobby in Harold Wilson's Labour PartyVaughan, J. 2015 In : Israel Affairs.21, 1, p. 27-47
‘Two Cheers for Democracy’: Empire, Cold War and British Propaganda in Egypt, 1945-1955Vaughan, J. 2014 British Propaganda and Wars of Empire: Influencing Friend and Foe 1900-2010. Tuck, C. & Kennedy, G. (eds.). Taylor & Francis
‘Keep Left for Israel’: Tribune, Zionism and the Middle East, 1937-1967Vaughan, J. R. 2013 In : Contemporary British History.27, 1, p. 1-2121 p.
‘An ill keeper of promise’? Britain, Israel and the shadow of PalestineVaughan, J. R. 2013 In : Orient.54, 2, p. 57-62
The United States and the Limits of Cultural Diplomacy in the Arab Middle East, 1945-1957Vaughan, J. R. 2010 Searching for a Cultural Diplomacy. Gienow-Hecht, J. & Donfried, M. C. (eds.). Berghahn Books, p. 162-18524 p.
The BBC's external services and the Middle East before the Suez CrisisVaughan, J. R. 2008 In : Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.28, 4, p. 499-51416 p.
Overview: Between Suez and the Six Day War: Western intelligence assessments and the Arab-Israeli conflict, 1857-67Vaughan, J. R. 2008 Exploring Intelligence Archives: Enquiries into the Secret State. Hughes, R. G., Jackson, P. & Scott, L. (eds.). Abingdon: Taylor & Francis, p. 213-2153 p. (Studies in Intelligence)
The Failure of American and British Propaganda in the Arab Middle East, 1945-1957: Unconquerable MindsVaughan, J. 2005 Springer Nature.
‘A Certain Idea of Britain': British Cultural Diplomacy in the Middle East, 1945-1957 Vaughan, J. 2005 In : Contemporary British History.19, 2, p. 151-16818 p.
'Cloak Without Dagger': How the Information Research Department Fought Britain's Cold War in the Middle East, 1948-1956Vaughan, J. 2004 In : Cold War History.4, 3, p. 56-8429 p.
The Cold War in the Middle EastVaughan, J. 2003 Propaganda and mass persuasion: A historical encyclopedia, 1500 to the present. Cull, N. J., Culbert, D. & Welch, D. (eds.). Santa Barbara: Greenwood Publishing Group
The Suez CrisisVaughan, J. 2003 Propaganda and mass persuasion: A historical encyclopedia, 1500 to the present. Cull, N. J., Culbert, D. & Welch, D. (eds.). Santa Barbara: Greenwood Publishing Group
Propaganda by Proxy?: Britain, America, and Arab Radio Broadcasting, 1953-1957Vaughan, J. 2002 In : Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.22, 2, p. 157-17216 p.