THE AUTHOR

His latest articles:

Egypt's long Good Friday, Catholic Herald, 27 April 2017

What chance for democracy in the Middle East?, New York Review of Books, 27 October 2016

Mother Teresa's martyrs, Catholic Herald, 17 March 2016

The road back to peace, Catholic Herald, 22 December 2015

Jihad: the lessons of the caliphate, New York Review of Books, May 2015

"The Middle East is full of ancient, mysterious religious sects. The Islamic State is wiping them out", Washington Post, 9 January 2015

"A false history supports the jihadi myth", Financial Times, 5 January 2015

"Islamic State's Dire Threat to Ancient Faiths", Wall Street Journal, 26 September 2014

"The religions that survived 14 centuries of Islamic rule", Washington Post, 22 October 2014

An interview with him on BBC's Meet the Author can be seen here.

Gerard Russell worked for 14 years as a British and United Nations diplomat, and has lived in Cairo, Jerusalem, Baghdad, Kabul, and Jeddah. He also pioneered work by the British government to address Middle Eastern audiences in Arabic, in 2001 to 2003. He was awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for this work in 2002. He speaks Arabic and Dari. He is a graduate of Oxford University, has an M.A. in philosophy from London University, and was a Research Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights at the Harvard Kennedy School from 2010 to 2011. He is a Senior Fellow with the New America Foundation’s International Security Program as well as a Senior Associate of the Foreign Policy Centre in London.

Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms is his first book, and took him four and a half years to write, including journeys to eight different countries.

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