H.A. Hellyer was previously a nonresident fellow in the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, part of the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings. A scholar and author in politics, international studies, and Islamic studies, particularly in the West and the Arab world, Hellyer is a senior associate fellow and scholar at the Royal United Services Institute in London and a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Hellyer was also appointed senior fellow at Cambridge Muslim College, adjunct full professor at the University of Technology’s Center for Advanced Studies on Islam, Science, and Civilization in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and senior scholar at the Zawiya Institute in Cape Town, South Africa. He is currently on the steering committee for a multi-year, EU-funded project on “Radicalization, Secularism and the Governance of Religion”, which brings together European, North African, and Asian perspectives with a consortium of 12 universities and think-tanks.
Following the 2005 London bombings, he was appointed as deputy convener of the UK government’s taskforce on tackling radicalization, and served as the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s first Economic and Social Research Council fellow as part of the Islam and Counterterrorism teams, as an independent subject matter expert. As a nonpartisan expert, Hellyer has advised various governments in the West and the Arab world, particularly in his native UK. Previously a fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, and research associate at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University, Hellyer’s analysis in the international relations of and with the Arab world, and security issues within Europe have been published in CNN, the BBC, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Guardian, and other outlets internationally.