About the Speakers

Stacey Gutkowski, King’s College London

Stacey Gutkowski is a Senior Lecturer in Conflict Studies in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. She is co-Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of Divided Societies, King’s College London and Co-Director of the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network. She is the author of Secular War: Myths of Religion, Politics and Violence (2013), and articles and book chapters on the relationships among politics, war, peace, religion and secularism in Jordan, Israel/Palestine, Iraq, Egypt, Afghanistan, the United States and the United Kingdom. She is co-editor of the book series Religion and its Others: Studies in Religion, Nonreligion and Secularity (DeGruyter). Her work can be found at: https://staceygutkowski.com/

Clive Jones, Durham University

Clive Jones holds a Chair in Regional Security (Middle East) in the School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University and is currently a Visiting Research Professor in the Department of Historical Studies, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway. He specializes in the history and politics of the Arab-Israeli conflict and Gulf Security and has published or edited over seven volumes, including Britain and the Yemen Civil War (2004/2010); with Emma Murphy, Israel: Challenges to Democracy, Identity and the State (2002);  Soviet Jewish Aliyah (1996); The al-Aqsa Intifada: Between Terrorism and Civil War (2005); Israel  and the Hizbollah: an Asymmetric Conflict in Historical and Comparative Perspective (2010); and Israel’s Clandestine Diplomacies (2013). His book on Britain and the Yemen Civil War was the subject of a BBC documentary and in 2011, he was elected to a fellowship of the Royal Historical Society. He has published articles in some of the leading international journals dealing with Middle East politics and security issues, including The Middle East Journal, International Affairs, Journal of Strategic Studies, Intelligence and National Security, Small Wars and Insurgencies, The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies and International Relations. Between 2007-2010 he was editor of the journal Civil Wars and currently sits on the academic advisory board of Middle Eastern Studies and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. His most recent book, The Clandestine Lives of Colonel David Smiley: ‘Code Name Grin’ (Edinburgh University Press) will be published in April 2019.

Walter Posch, National Defense Academy, Austria

Walter Posch's research covers modern military and intelligence relations of Turkey, Iran, Iraq as well as the Kurdish issue, as well as historic research on the Ottoman Empire and Safavid Iran.

Imad Mansour, Qatar University

Imad Mansour is Assistant Professor in the Department of International Affairs at Qatar University. His research interests are in interdisciplinary approaches to studying the influence of narratives in government and state building, as well as the social roots of international politics especially conflicts and rivalries. Of particular interest is constructing theoretical propositions which build on non/pre- Westphalian contemporary and historic realities. He is author of Statecraft in the Middle East: Foreign Policy, Domestic Politics and Security (London: I.B. Tauris, 2016).

Roland Marchal, Sciences-Po

Roland Marchal is senior research fellow at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), based at the Center for International Researches (CERI/Sciences-Po, Paris, website: http://www.sciencespo.fr/ceri/). He was the chief editor of the French academic quarterly, Politique Africaine (website: www.politique-africaine.org) from 2002 to 2006. He has been researching and publishing on the conflicts and politics in the Horn of Africa and Central Africa and worked as a consultant for different governments, the World Bank and the European Union. His current expertise is focused on Somalia, Central African Republic, Chad and some Sahelian countries and the policy of great powers on the African continent.

Rory Miller, Georgetown University in Qatar

Rory Miller is a Professor of Government at Georgetown University in Qatar where he teaches and researches on small state and regional security and theories of external intervention.  Prior to that he was a member of the War Studies department and then head of the Middle East Program at King’s College London.  He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and serves on several advisory boards, including the Foreign Policy Network of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). He is the author or editor of 10 books including, most recently, Desert Kingdoms to Global Powers: The Rise of the Arab Gulf (Yale UP: 2016) and The Gulf Crisis: The View from Qatar (HBKU Press, 2018). His next book examines external intervention in Palestinian state-building and will be published by Cambridge University Press.  He has published extensively in scholarly and policy journals and the international media including Foreign Affairs, The Economist, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, The National Interest, and The Wall Street Journal. 

Harry Verhoeven, Georgetown University in Qatar

Associate Professor Harry Verhoeven teaches International Relations and African Politics at Georgetown University in Qatar. He is the author of Water, Civilisation and Power in Sudan. The Political Economy of Military-Islamist State Building (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and Why Comrades Go To WarLiberation Politics and the Outbreak of Africa's Deadliest Conflict (Hurst/Oxford University Press, 2016) and the editor of Environmental Politics in the Middle East. Local Struggles, Global Connections (Hurst/Oxford University Press, 2016). He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge in 2016-2017 and remains the Convenor of the Oxford University China-Africa Network and an Associate Member at the Department of Politics & International Relations at the University of Oxford. He is also the co-editor of the new Cambridge University Press book series on Intelligence & National Security in Africa and the Middle East.