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The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 

journalThis Journal is published four times a year and is currently under the editorship of Dr Llloyd Ridgeon of the University of Glasgow.  Associate Editors are Professor David Seddon (University of East Anglia), Dr Ersun Kurtulis, University of Kent and Dr Adham Mestyan, Harvard University.  The book review Editor is Dr Alam Saleh at the University of Bradford.

The Journal contains academic research articles, book reviews and a bibliographical section. All BRISMES members are invited to contribute to the Journal and receive copies of the Journal as part of the membership package. 

Practitioners' Advisory Board


Abdulwahab Alkebsi

Senior Program Officer, Center for International Private Enterprise, Washington

Abdulwahab Alkebsi is the Regional Director for Africa and the Middle East at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), one of the four Core Institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and a non-profit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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Kahina-BouagacheKahina Bouagache

Kahina Bouagache is a lawyer, and women's rights activists, with master's degrees in International Law and Business Law. She worked for over twelve years in the legal field, started at the organizations and government programs before moving into private sector. She began her carrier at the political level both National and International levels.

Read more: Kahina Bouagache


John  AlderdiceJohn Alderdice

Lord Alderdice is a medical doctor, psychiatrist and psychotherapist who has been active in politics since the 1970s. He was a key negotiator of the Good Friday Agreement.

He sits as a Liberal Democrat in the House of Lords and has substantial experience of political conflict and international terrorism and is currently focusing on the Middle East. In 2006 he was appointed to the Commonwealth Commission on Respect and Understanding.

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sasha havlicekSasha Havlicek

Institute for Strategic Dialogue, London

As ISD's founding CEO, Sasha has been responsible for the strategic development of the organisation, spearheading a combination of government policy advisory work, research and operational programmes in the fields of integration, counter-extremism and European foreign policy.

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Mark HubandMark Huband

Livingstone and Company, London

Livingstone & Company provides commercial and political intelligence to leading multinational companies and major private and public investment funds.

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meir-javedanfarMeir Javedanfar

MEEPAS/Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel

Meir Javedanfar is an Iranian - Israeli Middle East analyst specializing in Iranian affairs. He is the coauthor of " The Nuclear Sphinx of Tehran: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and The State of Iran" and teaches the "Contemporary Iranian Politics" course the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel. He is also a senior researcher at the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) at the IDC.

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Zelmira-brismesZelmira Koch Polk

Zelmira Koch Polk is a founding partner and director of the Hearth Education Advisors, an education advisory with offices in India and London. The Hearth focuses on international education reform, working with public and private sectors building and managing education institutions.

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EMNagEva-Maria Nag

Executive Editor, Global Policy, Durham

Dr. Nag is an academic at the School of Government and International Affairs (Durham University) and Research Associate at the Public Policy Group (LSE).

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Maryam NemazeeMaryam Nemazee image

Maryam Nemazee is an experienced television news anchor, and journalist. In the last ten years she has worked as a presenter and reporter in Europe, the Middle East, the US and Asia. Maryam's unique global news experience combines an in-depth knowledge of business news, with international politics.

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AN for PABAlastair Newton

Political Analysis and Business Development,
Alavan Business Advisory and former President, BRISMES

A former career diplomat for over twenty years with the British foreign service (including two tours in central Africa), after moving to the City of London in 2005, Alastair established himself as one of the private sector’s top political analysts globally, as well as leading a Frankfurt-listed investment fund, African Development Corporation (ADC), specialising in financial services in Sub-Saharan Africa.

His association with the then start-up ADC began in 2008, first as an advisor to the Supervisory Board then as a member of the board. As such, he helped to oversee the fund’s listing on the Frankfurt stock market and the narrowing of our portfolio from a range of sectors to a tight focus on financial services, evolving into the strategic objective of building a new pan-African bank. Consistent with the strategy, they successfully acquired BancABC and a major share in Union Bank of Nigeria. Alastair took over the chair in 2013 (when they bought ourselves out from their parent company), from which position he steered the fund’s merger with Atlas Mara in 2014, before moving on in mid-2015.

Read more: Alastair Newton


Sparre smallAmbassador Charlotta Sparre

Director of the Swedish Dialogue Institute for the Middle East and North Africa

Ambassador Charlotta Sparre is the Director of the Swedish Dialogue Institute for the Middle East and North Africa since September 2019. Ambassador of Sweden to Egypt since September 2013. She has previously served as Ambassador of Sweden to Egypt (2013-2017), Ambassador of Sweden to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (2008-2013), Counsellor at the Permanent Representation of Sweden to European Union, responsible for EU relations with the Middle East and North Africa (2003-2008); and as Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Sweden in Cairo, Egypt (1999-2003).

 Prior to that she held different positions in the Swedish Foreign Ministry (1994-1999 and 1986 -1988), mainly working on issues related to the Middle East and North Africa, including the Middle East Peace Process, the Barcelona Process and the setting up of the Swedish Institute in Alexandria.

Charlotta Sparre lived in Beijing, China (1993-94), in Gaborone, Botswana (1992-93) and in Tripoli, Libya (1988-1992), for studies, work and family reasons.

During the past decades Charlotta Sparre has been an active participant in several track II and academic meetings on the Middle East, with a special focus on regional security and on governance and democracy.