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Professor Anoush Ehteshami was recently invited to give evidence to the UK Foreign Affairs Committee inquiry hearing into the UK’s engagement with the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

In the committee meeting, Prof Ehteshami spoke about various aspects of international security, including situations in Libya and Yemen.

The Committee has now also published written evidence from the hearings, highlighting Prof Ehtehsami drawing attention to the region’s “profound food insecurity”.

It says that “a regime that cannot even feed its own people is dangerously exposed”.

In giving oral evidence, Prof Ehteshami appeared alongside experts from Lancaster University and Queen Mary University of London.

Ground-breaking research

Prof Ehteshami is part of our School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA) and is a leading expert on the security and political dynamics of global regions, notably the MENA region. 

His esteem indicators include, recently, the awarding of an honorary professorship at the University of Jordan. 

He has led major research projects on topics including the changing balance of power in Asia, European geopolitics, regional alliances in the Middle East and North Africa, and the intersection of political Islam and the West.

His research has received over £10 million in funding from organisations such as the Economic and Social Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the U.S. State Department, and the European Commission.

With expertise spanning international relations, political economy, comparative politics, and strategic studies, Professor Ehteshami has published extensively (40 volumes as author or editor, and scores of articles in scholarly journals and books) and sits on the editorial boards of seven academic journals.

Advising global leaders

Beyond the university, Professor Ehteshami has served as an advisor on global security issues to a former UK prime minister, an EU commissioner, and a ruling monarch.

He has acted as a World Economic Forum Fellow, directly and actively contributing to both the annual and the regional meetings of the Forum between 2004 and 2009. He has also worked with think tanks such as the Council on Foreign Relations and provided evidence to numerous parliamentary committees.

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