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Dr H. A. Hellyer is Associate Fellow in International Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute in London and Senior nonresident Fellow at the Rafik Hariri Centre for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council. Before joining the Council, he was nonresident Fellow at the Centre for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution in DC, and Research Associate at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. During his tenure at the University of Warwick (UK) as Fellow & then Senior Research Fellow, Dr Hellyer was appointed as Deputy Convenor of the UK Government’s Taskforce for the 2005 London bombings, and served as the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) first ESRC Fellow as part of the ‘Islam’ & ‘Counter-Terrorism’ teams with FCO security clearance.

An analyst, author and commentator on Arab affairs, Muslim-Western communities, Islamism, and European security policies, Dr Hellyer previously served as the first Arab world-based Senior Practice Consultant at the Gallup Organisation, where he analysed public opinion data in a variety of countries in the Arab world and the West.  He is frequently featured in various international media, and has authored several hundred op-eds and media submissions for publications such as the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, the New York Times, the Guardian, the National (Abu Dhabi), and CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera and other networks regularly interview him.

To professionalise political advisory, commercial research and media services on the Muslim world/MENA – West relations, Dr Hellyer founded the VC Group as a research consortium for consultants in North America, Europe, the MENA region and Southeast Asia; its subject matter expertise is widely utilised by thought leaders in media, business and other sectors. As part of his consultancy work, Dr Hellyer has been appointed in a variety of capacities looking at Arab-West relations, including as Senior Academic Advisor for Soliya, the UN Alliance of Civilisations implementation organisation, and as Director of Strategic Partnerships for the ‘Arab Jon Stewart’, Bassem Youssef, in 2012.

Alongside his analytical career, Dr Hellyer has had academic attachments at the University of Warwick, the American University in Cairo, and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies of the University of Oxford. He was also appointed as visiting professor at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, upon the recommendation of its chancellor, Her Royal Highness, the Sultanah of the State of Johor. He’s authored several books and monographs, & has contributed more than 25 book chapters and journal articles to various academic & policy presses. Some of his more recent publications include “Muslims of Europe: the ‘Other’ Europeans” for Edinburgh University Press, “Engagement with the Muslim Community and Counter-Terrorism: British Lessons for the West” for the Brookings Institution Press.

Dr Hellyer’s degree in law was read at the University of Sheffield School of Law, with an advanced degree in international political economy at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Politics. He completed his multidisciplinary PhD at the University of Warwick as an Economic and Social Research Council scholar.

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Egypt, International Security Studies, Global Security Issues, Middle East and North Africa Arab world, Government and International Affairs, Security

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