Dr. Raymond Hinnebusch, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
Raymond Hinnebusch is Professor of International Relations and Middle East Politics at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, co-founder of the Institute for the study of the Middle East, Central Asian and the Caucasus and Director of the Centre for Syrian Studies. He is the author of The International Relations of the Middle East, Manchester University Press, 2003; The Foreign Policies of Middle East States, edited with A. Ehteshami, Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Press, 2001; Syria, Revolution from Above, Routledge, 2000; The Syrian-Iranian Alliance: Middle Powers in a Penetrated Regional System, with Anoushiravan Ehteshami, Routledge, 1997; Syria and the Middle East Peace Process, with Alasdair Drysdale, Council on Foreign Relations Press, 1991, Egyptian Politics under Sadat (Cambridge 1985); Authoritarian Power and State Formation in Ba`thist Syria: Army, Party and Peasant, Westview Press, 1990; Peasant and Bureaucracy in Ba`thist Syria: The Political Economy of Rural Development, Westview Press, 1989; The Iraq War: Causes and Consequences, co- edited with Rick Fawn, Lynne Rienner Press, 2006; Sovereignty after Empire: Comparing the Middle East and Central Asia, co-edited with Sally Cummings, Edinburgh University Press, 2011. His latest work on Syria is "Syria: from Authoritarian Upgrading to Revolution?" International Affairs, January 2012
Omar Imady is a scholar, novelist and poet who is primarily preoccupied with Syria. Born in Damascus in 1966 to an American mother and a Syrian father, Imady received his doctorate in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. Imady’s professional background combines practical fieldwork in Syria as a UN officer (1994-2004), and academic experience, as an Associate Professor of Middle East Studies (2004-2012). In 2012, Imady joined the Centre for Syrian Studies (University of St Andrews) as a Senior Fellow, and the Managing Editor of the Centre's peer reviewed journal, Syria Studies. Imady is the author of various studies and UN reports on Syria and the Middle East, with a research focus that includes popular movements, and organizational aspects of civil society in Syria. His novel, The Gospel of Damascus, has been translated into several languages.