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Jonathan paris: Political and Security Analyst and advisor to the chertoff group 

Jonathan Paris is a London-based political and security analyst with wide research interests that focus mainly on the Middle East, but also include Europe, Africa, South and Southeast Asia, economic development and comparative political and economic systems, radicalization and violent extremism, nuclear proliferation, transatlantic relations and international security. He is currently a consultant in both the public and private sector, Senior Advisor with the Chertoff Group, and Associate Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization (ICSR) at King’s College London.

Prior to moving to London in June 2001, he was a Middle East Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. While at the Council, he also served as Project Coordinator of the Council’s Middle East Economic Strategy Group, headed by Paul A. Volcker, former Chairman of the US Federal Reserve Board, and he organized a study group on Indonesia that anticipated the Asian Financial Crisis and the collapse of the Suharto dictatorship in 1998.

He is co-editor of The Politics of Post-Suharto Indonesia (Brookings 1999), author of two Legatum Institute monographs, Prospects for Iran (2011) and Prospects for Pakistan (2010), and co-author of “Beyond Sectarianism: Geopolitics, Fragmentation and the Syrian Civil War” (Strategic Assessment,February 2014).

He is a frequent contributor to France 24, Sky and BBC, and has appeared on CNN, NBC, MSNBC and CBS News and published in the Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, and other newspapers and magazines. A former Senior Associate Member at St. Antony’s College, Oxford,he is a graduate of Yale (B.A. in Political and Economic Systems) and Stanford Law School.


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PROFESSOR ABDELI-ILAH BENNIS, ACADEMIC AND FORMER DIRECTOR OF STUDIES OF THE DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY OF LONDON:

Professor Bennis is highly regarded as an authority on diplomacy, intelligence and national security, having published widely on these subjects in Arabic and English. His lecture tours span across the world, covering Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. 

Previously Professor Bennis was the Head of Political and Consular Affairs at the Moroccan Embassy in London (1984-1996), before starting leadership programmes for diplomats, aspiring politicians and others as the CEO of Regent Global Solutions. He was previously director of studies at the Diplomatic Academy of London, where he managed both the London and Paris offices.


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Bill Farren Price: Founder of Petroleum Policy Intelligence 

Petroleum Policy Intelligence (PPI) founder and CEO Bill Farren-Price has 20 years experience in the energy industry, working both as a consultant and industry journalist focused on MENA energy and politics. Before establishing PPI in 2010, he led oil research at Medley Global Advisors.

He has held senior correspondent and editorial posts with international news wires including Knight-Ridder Financial News (latterly Bridge News), Agence France-Presse and UPI and edited the Cyprus-based Middle East Economic Survey (MEES).

He regularly contributes articles to industry and general media and is a frequent speaker on the region and its energy economy. He is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.