I was the founding Head of the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University (2004-9) and am Joint Director of the RCUK-funded Durham-Edinburgh-Manchester Universities’ £5.2 million Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW), 2007-2011, whose post-2011, phase II, focuses on 'The Arab World in Transition', and is generousnly supported by funding from the AHRC and the British Academy. I have been a Fellow of the World Economic Forum, acting as Advisor to the WEF’s Geopolitics, and Energy Programmes; was Vice-President and Chair of Council of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) 2000-2003. I have collaborative links with many international organizations, including the German-based Bertelsmann Foundation, the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, and the Gulf Research Center, and acted as Advisor and consultant to the International Crisis Group, and also the International Dialogues Foundation in The Hague. Specialties: International security and strategic affairs. I am Editor of three major book series on the Middle East and the wider Muslim world, and is member of Editorial Board of five international journals.