Dr H A Hellyer

Senior Associate Fellow


Specialising in geopolitics, security studies, political economy, and belief, Dr H.A. Hellyer has more than 20 years of experience in governmental, corporate advisory, and academic environments in Europe, USA, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. A scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (USA), he simultaneously serves as Senior Associate Fellow in International Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security (RUSI) (UK), and as a Cambridge University fellow. Elected as Fellow (FRHistS) of the Royal Historical Society, and Fellow (FRSA) of the Royal Society of Arts in London for his scholarly and public impact, he was appointed as Deputy Convenor of the UK Government’s Taskforce on tackling radicalisation, and as the first Economic & Social Research Council Fellow in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.  

Previously a nonresident Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution in DC, he served as the first Arab world-based Senior Practice Consultant at the Gallup Organisation, where he analysed public opinion data worldwide. Formerly Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Centre for the Middle East, he was also appointed as fellow at the Institute for Strategic and International Studies in Malaysia. His insights on current events are regularly sought by the international media networks such as CNN and the BBC, with op-eds for publications like the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, the New York Times, the Guardian, Politico, the Financial Times, New Straits Times, and Daily News Egypt. 

Dr Hellyer has also held academic attachments at noted institutions including the University of Warwick (UK), where he was the research equivalent of an associate professor; the American University in Cairo as a professor of law; the JFK School of Government at Harvard University as research associate; and as visiting professor at RZS-CASIS at the University of Technology in Malaysia. His publications in his specialist subject areas include 7 books, more than 20 book chapters, journal articles and monographs to various academic presses. 

Dr Hellyer had a cosmopolitan childhood between the West and the wider Arab world, working between the two throughout his career, along with significant time spent in Southeast Asia. His degree in law was read at the University of Sheffield’s School of Law, with an advanced degree in international political economy at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Politics. Following those degrees, he completed a multidisciplinary PhD in the social sciences at the University of Warwick, as a UK Economic and Social Research Council scholar. 


Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (2023-onwards): Founded in 1868, the RHS advances scholarly studies of history, promoting historical research in the United Kingdom and worldwide, representing historians of all kinds.

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (2020-onwards): Founded in 1754, the Royal Society’s Patron is HM Queen Elizabeth II, and its President is HRH The Princess Royal Anne. Fellowships of the RSA are awarded to individuals whom the society’s judges to have made ‘outstanding achievements for social progress and development’, and have included the likes of Judi Dench, Nelson Mandela, Stephen Hawking, David Attenborough, Karl Marx and Charles Dickens.
RISSC-Georgetown University 500 (2017-onwards): A ‘who’s who’ of 500 prominent scholars, politicians, religious affairs officials, business elites, and cultural figures.