What is the Centre on Religion & Geopolitics?

Across the world, the interaction of religion and conflict is making its effect felt. Political ideologies and events are exposed to the pressures of religion. Policy makers can no longer ignore the threat posed by violent religious ideologies, but if they are to be defeated, they must be understood.

Through reports, media commentary, events and policy briefings, the Centre on Religion & Geopolitics (CRG) provides that understanding. We present informed analysis on the interaction of religion and conflict globally, offering policy responses to meet the scale of the challenge.

Online Resources:

Country Profiles provide a detailed understanding of the context in which a particular conflict is taking place. They look at the history of the interaction of religion and conflict within a country, key players and how the situation fits into the regional and global state of affairs.

Data on demographics, conflict indices, socio-economics and civil-political statistics.

Commentary including articles, opinion and detailed backgrounders.

Analysis including briefing notes, in-depth policy reports, and curated third party content.

Daily News Brief:

Our daily news brief, Religion & Geopolitics Today, delivers breaking stories straight to your inbox. To sign up, click here.

If you wish to contribute an article, or have any comments or recommendations on our work, we would like to hear from you: info@religionandgeopolitics.org

Centre on Religion & Geopolitics Staff

Ed Husain, Senior Advisor and Director of Strategy

Ed advises on the foundation's policy, research, and communications. Alongside the rest of the executive team, he is responsible for determining strategy, and implementing the strategic plan.

Ed founded the world's first counter-extremism think tank, and subsequently has advised government leaders and policy makers around the world. One of his policy memos led to the creation of a 200 million US dollar fund designed to combat extremism, the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund.

An Arabic speaker, Ed has lived in Syria and Saudi Arabia, and writes and speaks extensively on international threats from radicalisation and terrorism. Former Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, he has authored a bestselling book; and writes regularly for publications including the New York Times, Financial Times, and The Guardian. Ed has appeared on CNN, Fox, NPR, BBC, and Al Jazeera.

See Ed's articles for CRG  here.

 

William Neal, Head of Communications

William leads on all communications for the foundation, and has overall responsibility for our external affairs work. A qualified journalist, William previously worked for ten years in political communications, spending time in Parliament and at the Labour Party head office. He has worked on two general election campaigns, and was a political advisor to a member of the Shadow Cabinet.

For media enquiries, contact: william.neal@religionandgeopolitics.org

 

Peter Welby, Managing Editor

Peter is responsible for managing the centre's publications. Focusing on the Middle East and North Africa, he also co-authored our recent report Inside the Jihadi Mind: Understanding Ideology and Propaganda, and his research has been featured in the Daily Beast. He has written for Prospect, Newsweek, the Washington Examiner, The Spectator, and The Independent; and has appeared on HuffPost Live

Peter spent two years in Egypt, where he studied Arabic, and has lived in Yemen.

See Peter's articles for CRG here.

 

Emman El-Badawy, Senior Analyst

Emman's research includes the role of education policy on identity and societies across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and the rise of global Islamic extremism and regional sectarianism. Emman is also a Doctoral Researcher at Exeter University's Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, and has taught on MENA politics and economy, and Islamist movements. An Arabic speaker, she has worked professionally within the field of counter-extremism and Islamic radicalisation for over ten years.

Emman provides consultancy to organisations operating within MENA, as well as providing expertise for constructing international examination papers for Egyptian schools offering British GCSEs and A Levels. Emman has been a BBC 'Expert Voice' on radicalisation, political Islam, and counter-extremism in the UK and EU. She has appeared and her research has been featured on Sky News, Channel 4, BBC News, and Al Jazeera.

See Emma's articles for CRG here

 

Mubaraz Ahmed, Analyst

Mubaraz's research focuses on the Middle East and North Africa, with interests including counter-extremism policymaking, theories in Quranic translation, and modern trends in Islam. Mubaraz studied Arabic and Islamic Studies at SOAS. He has written for Newsweek and The Independent, and has appeared on CCTV America, BBC News, and the BBC Today programme.

See Mubaraz's articles for CRG here.

 

Milo Comerford, Analyst and Research Innovation Officer

Milo leads research on the South and Central Asia region, as well as research development globally, where his focus centres on jihadi ideology and propaganda. He has co-authored reports including Inside the Jihadi Mind: Understanding Ideology and Propaganda and Milestones to Militancy: What the Lives of 100 Jihadis Tell Us About a Global Movement

Milo's research has been featured in outlets including the BBC, Wall Street Journal, The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, CNN, Sky News, and The Daily Beast. He has written for The Independent, New Statesman, and Newsweek.

See Milo's articles for CRG here.

 

Alona Ferber, Sub-Editor

Alona is the sub-editor for the Centre on Religion & Geopolitics, managing the style of our publications, as well as commissioning comment and analysis. Before joining CRG, Alona spent a decade living in Israel and Mexico. She was a journalist at the Israeli newspaper Haaretz and worked in cooperation programmes at the British Embassy in Mexico. Alona's writing has appeared in publications including Haaretz, Spiegel Online, The Jewish Daily Forward, and The Independent. She has an MA in Middle Eastern History from Tel Aviv University. Fluent in Hebrew, she also speaks Spanish and has studied Arabic and German. 

See Alona's articles for CRG here.

 

Rachel Bryson, Researcher

Rachel Bryson conducts research into global incidents of violent and non-violent extremism. She edits the Global Extremism Monitor and maintains the Data Section of the CRG website. Rachel graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Masters in Arabic and French, before working as a researcher for a leading counter-extremism think tank. She has written for The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, and International Business Times. She has also appeared on international news outlets such as RTL, NBC, and Spiegel.

See Rachel's articles for CRG here.

 

Ruwan Rujouleh, Analyst

Ruwan conducts research and analysis on Syria. Her work provides a nuanced understanding of groups engaged in the conflict, including religious motivations and alliances.

Originally from Syria, Ruwan has experience in corporate communications, political research, and counter-terrorism in Syria, Libya, and Tunisia. She has authored more than 25 reports on violent extremist groups, and has a Masters in Global Development and Peace from Georgetown University. She has written for publications including the New Statesman and CNN.

See Ruwan's articles for CRG here.

 

Sam Woodcock, Communications Officer

Sam leads on media for the Centre on Religion & Geopolitics. Prior to joining CRG, Sam worked in political communications for a prominent Labour MP and for the Labour Party as part of the General Election 2015 press team, having previously worked for the Labour Party in their head office, and as an organiser for four years.

For media enquiries, contact: sam.woodcock@religionandgeopolitics.org

 

Jean Heery, Data Processing Assistant

Jean co-writes our daily news brief looking at stories relating to extremism, conflict, and geopolitics from around the world. Jean also works on our Global Extremism Monitor, tracking incidents of violent and non-violent religious extremism, and efforts to counter it. Jean has experience in a range of national and international NGOs, and has worked within policy, public affairs, and campaigns teams. She graduated from the University of Leicester with a degree in International Relations.

 

Maz Kamali, Data Processing Assistant

Maz co-writes our daily news brief looking at stories relating to extremism, conflict, and geopolitics from around the world. Maz also works on our Global Extremism Monitor, tracking incidents of violent and non-violent religious extremism, and efforts to counter it. Maz's experience includes youth development and cultural space, political campaign strategy, and research analysis. A graduate of SOAS, his main research interests include early Islamic and Middle Eastern History, contemporary Middle Eastern politics and society, and geopolitical conflict.

Religion & Geopolitics Advisory Council

Our advisory council of experts helps us ensure that Religion & Geopolitics is providing a resource that gives a sophisticated and rigorous assessment of complex issues. Its members are drawn from a range of policy specialisms and fields of expertise. Find out more about the Advisory Council here.