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.
Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms is his first book, and took him four and a half years to write, including journeys to eight different countries.
He has written for the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and elsewhere. He is a regular contributor to the Catholic Herald and still makes regular appearances on Arabic television. An interview with him on BBC's Meet the Author can be seen here.
He now runs a company in London specialising in intercultural communications.
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