Theo Farrell is Professor of War in the Modern World and Head of the Department of War Studies at King’s College London and President of the British International Studies Association. Professor Farrell has authored or edited 10 books, and over 45 research papers on military affairs and security studies. His latest books are (as co-editor) Military Adaptation in Afghanistan (Stanford University Press 2013), and (as co-author) Transforming Military Power Since the Cold War (Cambridge University Press 2013). He has advised the UK government and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) command on the counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan.
David Betz is Reader in Warfare in the War Studies Department at King’s College London. He is head of the Insurgency Research Group as well as the GeoWar interdepartmental research group between War Studies and Geography. He is a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia, USA. He has written on information warfare, the future of land forces, the virtual dimension of insurgency, propaganda of the deed, cyberspace and insurgency. His is the author of Carnage and Connectivity: Landmarks in the Decline of Conventional Military Power. David previously served as an infantryman in the Canadian Armed Forces.
David B Roberts is a lecturer in the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London and his research focuses on the domestic and international politics of the Arab Gulf states. He teaches for King’s College at the UK Defence Academy and at the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS). David has written on a range of matters related to the domestic and international politics of the Arab Gulf states in scholarly journals and is the author of Qatar: Securing the Global Ambitions of a City State. David also writes regularly for a range of media outlets including the BBC, CNN, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, and the Telegraph.
Elias Diab is an International Law expert and has a LLM degree in International Criminal Justice and Armed Conflicts from the University of Nottingham, UK and a MA in Peacekeeping and Conflicts from the University of Turin, Italy. He is currently working as a Humanitarian Affairs Specialist with United Nations, based in Lebanon. He recently worked on the political and security crisis in Iraq advising and consulting the Iraqi government and the United Nations with a key role in negotiating humanitarian access, National Reconciliation and Dialogue. Elias has led the design, development and delivery of complex Human Rights, Development and Public Sector programmes in Iraq, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon with UN agencies such as ESCWA, UNICEF and the UN office of Political Affairs.
Professor Abdelqader has several published research papers, books, and literature, exploring areas such as international conflict, international political systems and the impact of religious belief. He has worked in the field of academia since 1978 as a faculty member in the Department of Law and Politics at Baghdad University as well as at the University of Jordan (2007-2012) at the Department of Political Sciences. His teaching career focuses on the principles of political science, political thought, political theory, international relations, strategy, and foreign policy.
Prof. Abdelqader is a Non-resident Fellow at TRENDS.
Dr. Richard Burchill is the Director of Research and Engagement for TRENDS. Previously he was a member of the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation and Reader in the Law School at the University of Hull. While at the University of Hull he has been the Director of the McCoubrey Centre for International Law, the Director of Postgraduate Studies for the Law School and the Director of International Partnerships for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. He has been an expert speaker on issues of international law, human rights and counter-terrorism for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and the George C. Marshall Centre for Security Studies.