Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Qatar - COI

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Andrew Hammond

Email: andrew [dot] hammondatsant [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk 

Andrew Hammond, doctoral candidate, Oriental Studies, St. Antonys College, University of Oxford, is examining interactions between Turkish and Egyptian intellectuals and religious scholars in the early 20th century. He previously worked as a policy fellow for the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and as a journalist with Reuters in Egypt and Saudi Arabia and with BBC Arabic radio in London. He studied Arabic and early Islamic history at SOAS and Turkish and Modern Middle East Studies at Oxford. His publications include The Islamic Utopia: The Illusion of Reform in Saudi Arabia (2012), Culture in the Arab World (2007)​;​ and Qatar's Transition: Like Father, Like Son (2014).

Dr Shaul Gabbay

Email: gabbayatmuslimworldexpert [dot] com

Dr Shaul Gabbay is Senior Research Associate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, USA. He has published on cultures and customs in Islam, persecution issues based on family dishonor, gender and homosexuality, and sociology and politics of the Muslim world. 

Dr David Roberts

Email: david [dot] b [dot] robertsatkcl [dot] ac [dot] uk

David has spent much of the past decade living in the Gulf region, mostly in Qatar. Initially, he studied Arabic at Qatar University in order to conduct the field work for his PhD based at Durham University that focused on grasping the complexities of Qatari Foreign Policy. He was then asked to return to Doha to run the Qatar office of the security and defence think-tank the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). This involved procuring contracts throughout the public and private sectors both in Qatar and abroad. David also undertook regular work for a range of consultancy firms based in London seeking to better understand bespoke aspects of Qatari business and political practice, in addition to being the lead Qatar expert for a number of NGOs with transparency, security, and business practice-related surveys and assessments. David’s last incarnation in Qatar was as a lecturer for King’s College London at the nascent Qatari military staff college. More generally, David has been publishing articles, opinion pieces, and editorials focusing on Qatar and Gulf politics for a decade and speaks at a range of forums (academic, governmental, commercial) on a regular basis. His book examining the rise of the Qatari state  - Qatar: Securing the Global Ambitions of a City State – will be published in early 2016.

Dr George Joffé

Email: gj235atcam [dot] ac [dot] uk or emailatgeorgejoffe [dot] com
Skype: george.joffe

Professor Joffé, Director, Centre for the Study of International Relations in the Middle East and North Africa, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge. From 1997-2000 Professor Joffé was the deputy-director of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London; member,  EuroMeSCo Network;  from 2007-10, visiting fellow at the Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford;  currently a senior member of St Antony’s College and he is an analyst for NOREF; Consultant, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the  US State Department. He has also advised the European Commission (DG Relex), EuropAid and the new External Action Service. He is prepared to provide country of origin experts witness statements for Morocco including the Western Sahara, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Israel-Palestine, Lebanon, the GCC states, Yemen, Iran, Iraq and Chad.