Ambassador Anthony Layden, CMG - Chairman

Dr Ali Bahaijoub, lecturer, journalist and author - Director General

Professor James Mayall, Royal College of Defence Studies, London, and Cambridge University

Dr Michael Willis, head of MENA department, St Anthony's College, Oxford University

Dr Michael Brett, Reader at SOAS, University of London, United Kingdom

Professor Jason Sturgess, Professor of Economics and Finances, Head of the Business and Finances School at Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom

Dr John King, BBC, Journalist-Author, United Kingdom.

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CEMAS board aims to encourage shared knowledge and open and informed debate as well as provide a varied range of perspectives and opinions that involve major challenges facing the international community.

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Professor Mayall's CV

Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations and Director of the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge 1998-2004

Emeritus Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations, University of Cambridge, 2004 -

Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge 1998-.
Vice-Master, Sidney Sussex College, 2003-2004.

Professor,( 1991-1998) then Emeritus Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science, 1998 –

Fellow of the British Academy, 2001

Academic Advisor to the Royal College of Defence Studies, London, 2007-13

Member of Advisory Council (International Relations) William Grosvenor Partnership, 2014-

Member of Council, Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1992-98.

President, Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN), 1994-98;

Member of the Round Table Moot, 1995 – and of its Council 2004-10

Chairman of the Advisory Board, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, 1999 – 2014

2nd Lt. 5th Bn. Queen’s Own Nigeria Regiment, 1956-57

Educated Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, 1957-60; Princeton University, 1960-61 (Sir John Dill Fellow)

Assistant Principal, Board of Trade, 1961-64; Third Secretary, then First Secretary, British High Commission, New Delhi, 1964-5; Principal, Board of Trade, 1965-66

Appointed Lecturer, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science, 1966

Visiting appointments at University of New Brunswick (St. Johns), 1976; University of Witswaterand, 1977; 1984; Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, 1985; 1990; 1991; Centre for Political Studies, Jawahlarlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 1988 


James Mayall has written widely on international relations and international theory and more specifically on the impact of nationalism on international society, north south relations and African international politics. He is currently writing a book on the impact of Empire on international relations.  Amongst his recent publications are the following:


(Edited with Ricardo Soares de Oliveira; also contributor) The New Protectorates: International tutelage and the making of Liberal States (London, Hurst, 2011)

(Editor and contributor) The Contemporary Commonwealth: An Assessment, 1965- 2009 (London, Routledge, 2010)

(With Krishnan Srinivasan) Towards a New Horizon: World Politics in the 21st century (New Delhi, Standard Publishers, 2009)

International Human Rights in the Twenty First Century: Protecting the Rights of Groups, ed. with Gene Lyons (Rowland and Littlefield, 2003)

World Politics: Progress and its limits (Polity Press, 2000, 2009, Japanese edition with new Introduction)

Nationalism and International Society (Cambridge University Press, 1990) –Winner of the W .J .M .McKenzie Prize awarded annually by the PSA for the best book on politics published in Britain.

The fallacies of hope: the post-colonial record of the Commonwealth Third World (Manchester University Press, 1991) ed. with A.J. Payne

The New Interventionism: UN experience in Cambodia, former Yugoslavia and Somalia, ed. and contributor (Cambridge University Press, 1996).

Journal Articles and Book chapters

‘Sovereignty, Nationalism and Secession: Reflections on State-making and breaking in Asia and Europe’ in Jean-Pierre cabestan and Alexander Pavkovic (eds.) Secession and Separatism in Europe and Asia: To have a State of One’s Own.’ (London, Routledge, 2012)

‘The Contemporary Commonwealth: in search of a strategy.’ Cahieres Charles V (Paris, 1912)

‘International Society, State Sovereignty and National Self-Determination’ in John Breuilly (ed.) The Oxford Handbook on the History of Nationalism (Oxford, OUP, 2012)
‘Tragedy, Progress and International Order’ in Toni Erskine and Ned Lebow (eds.) Tragedy and International Relations (London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)

‘The Limits to Progress: Normative Reasoning in the English School’ in Cornelia Navari (ed) Theorising the English School (London, Palgrave Macmillan,2009)

‘Secession and International Order’ in Alexander Pavkovic and Peter Radan (eds,) The Ashgate Research Companion to Secession (Farnham,Surrey and Burlington VT, Ashgate,2011)

‘The impact of China and India on International Society’, Asian Studies, Vol. XXIX , January-June 2011 (Nataji Institute for Asian Studies, Kolkata)

‘Nationalism’, in Richard W Bulliet (ed.): The Columbia History of the Twentieth Century, (Columbia University Press, 1998)

‘Intervention in International Society: Theory and Practice in Contemporary perspective’, in B A Roberson (ed) International Society and the development of International Relations theory, (Pinter, 1998)

The Concept of Humanitarian Intervention Revisited, in Albrecht Scnabel and Ramesh Thakur,eds. , Kosovo and the Challenge of Humanitarian Intervention (United Nations University press, 2000)

Nationalism and Imperialism, in Terrance Ball and Richard Bellamy, eds., The Cambridge History of Twentieth Century Political Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2003)

Between Anarchy and Community, in John Merril, ed. The Promotion of Knowledge: Lectures to mark the Centenary of the British Academy, 1902-2002, (Oxford University press for the British Academy, 2004)

Humanitarian Intervention and International Society: Lessons from Africa, in Jennifer Welsh, ed. Humanitarian Intervention and International Relations (Oxford University Press, 2004, 2nd edition 2006)

The Legacy of Colonialism, in Simon Chesterman, Michael Ignatieff and Ramesh Thakur eds., Making States Work: State Failure and the Crisis of Governance (United Nations University Press, 2005)

The Shadow of Empire: The EU and the former colonial world, in Christopher Hill and Michael Smith, eds. International Relations and the European Union, (Oxford University Press, 2005)

Security and self-determination, in William Bain ed., The Empire of Security and the Safety of the People, (Routledge, 2006)

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Guy Arnold's brief CV

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Guy Arnold is an internationally acclaimed author, a journalist and a lecturer in international affairs specialising in Africa and relations between the developed and the developing worlds (North and South). After spending decades in the African continent acquiring a vast experience on the politics and international relations, he has written over fifty books on African and international affairs including Kenyatta and the Politics of Kenya; Modern Nigeria; Modern Kenya; Aid in Africa; The last Bunker (South Africa); South Africa: Crossing the Rubicon; The New South Africa; Historical Dictionary of Civil Wars in Africa; Africa: a Modern History (1960-2000); Political and Economic Encyclopaedia of Africa; The Maverick State: Gaddafi and the New World Order; Morocco in the 21st Century; Migration: Changing the World.

He has also written a number of books on the North and South countries prominent among them are: The End of the Third World; Wars in the Third World Since 1945; World Government by Stealth (United Nations); Mercenaries: The Scourge of the Third World; World strategic Highways; The international Drugs Trade; Historical Dictionary of the Non-Aligned movement and the Third World.

His most recent books, America and Britain: Was There Ever a Special Relationship? And ; Encyclopaedia of Africa, an essential informative reading for those interested in contemporary African affairs.

Guy Arnold is currently a lecturer at Surrey University and Global Affairs editor of North South magazine.

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Dr Ali Bahaijoub's brief CV

Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Lecturer, writer and journalist, Dr Ali Bahaijoub has written numerous studies and feature articles on Africa, Europe and the Middle East and comments on various international issues for the BBC, CNN, TF1, MBC, AlJazzeera and other international networks. He is currently the editor-in-Chief of the global current affairs magazine;; and

He was president of the London Foreign Press Association (1988-1990) and president of the International Federation of Foreign Press Associations (1988-2007).
He served as chairman of the centenary committee of the Foreign Press Association (1987-88) and chairman of the annual award committee (1998-2002).

He is the author of the recently published book, Western Sahara Conflict: Historical, Regional and International Dimensions; which examines various aspects of the conflict and the complex historical, political, juridical and ethnic roots that impact on the concerned and interested parties.
He has also edited Encyclopaedia of Africa; and Morocco in the 21st Century.
He obtained a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London.

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Joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 1968; MECAS Lebanon 1969, Jeddah 1971; Rome 1973; FCO Middle East; Rhodesia, Personnel Operations Departments 1977-82; head of chancery in Jeddah; Saudi Arabia 1982-85; FCO Hong Kong Dept 1985-87; Counsellor and head of chancery Muscat, Oman 1987-91; Counsellor  (Economic and Commercial) Copenhagen 1991-95; deputy head of mission Copenhagen 1994-96; Director of Western Europe Department FCO 1996-99; Ambassador to Morocco 1999-2002 (concurrently non-resident ambassador to Mauritania); ambassador to Libya 2002-2006 during the period of Libya's re-emergence in international affairs and when Gaddafi gave up the weapons of mass destruction and dismantled his nuclear programme; Ambassador Layden then became Commissioner and special representative  for deportation with assurances FCO 2006-13; president of the Society for Libyan Studies 2009-12; chairman of the British- Moroccan Society 2007-2014; President of the travellers Club 2011-2014; Chairman of the Centre for Euro-Mediterranean and African Studies 2015.

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Dr. Michael J. Willis

Middle East Centre
St Antony’s College
Oxford University
Oxford OX2 6JF

Tel. 00 44 1865 284753
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Since 2004
H.M. King Mohammed VI Fellow in Moroccan and Mediterranean Studies & University Research Lecturer
Middle East Centre
St Antony’s College
Oxford University

Director, Middle East Centre, St Antony’s College, Oxford University, 2011-14

Assistant Professor
School of Humanities & Social Sciences
Al Akhawayn University


Middle East Politics, Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, University of Durham, UK, 1996

International History, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK, 1988

BA (Hons.)
Modern History and International Relations, University of Reading,  UK, 1987

Select Publications


Politics and Power in the Maghreb: Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco from Independence to the Arab Spring (Hurst & Co, London & Oxford University Press, 2012)

The Islamist Challenge in Algeria: A Political History (New York University Press, 1997; Ithaca Press, UK 1996)

Edited Collections:

(with Adam Roberts,Timothy Garton-Ash and Rory McCarthy) Civil Resistance in the Arab Spring: Triumphs and Disasters (Oxford University Press, Oxford 2015)

(with Driss Maghraoui) ‘Reform in the Arab World: The Experience of Morocco’ Mediterranean Politics Special Issue (Volume 14, Number 2, July 2009)

Journal Articles:

‘Conclusion: The Dynamics of Reform in Morocco’ Mediterranean Politics Special Issue: ‘Reform in the Arab World: The Experience of Morocco’ (Volume 14, Number 2, July 2009)

‘Islamism, Democratization and Disillusionment: Morocco’s Legislative Elections of 2007’ Journal of Development Alternatives and Area Studies (Volume 28, No.2,3,4 March 2009)

‘Containing Radicalism Through the Political Process in North Africa’ Mediterranean Politics Special Issue: ‘Transnational Islam and Regional Security: Cooperation and Diversity between Europe and North Africa’ (Volume 11, Number 2, July 2006)

‘Morocco’s Islamists and the Legislative Elections of 2002: The Strange Case of the Party that did not Want to Win’ in Mediterranean Politics (Volume 9, Number 1, Winter 2004)

(with Nizar Messari) ‘Analyzing Moroccan Foreign Policy and Relations with Europe’ in Review of International Affairs (Volume 3, Number 2, Winter 2003)

‘Algerian Terrorism: Domestic Origins and International Links’ South African Journal of International Affairs (Volume 10, Issue 2, Winter/Spring 2003)

‘Political Parties in the Maghreb: Ideology and Identification: A Suggested Typology’ The Journal of North African Studies (Volume 7, Number 3, 2002)

Political Parties in the Maghreb: The Illusion of Significance’ The Journal of North African Studies Volume 7, Number 2, 2002

‘Between Alternance and the Makhzen: At-Tawhid wa Al-Islah’s Entry into Moroccan Politics’ The Journal of North African Studies Volume 4, Number 3 (Autumn 1999)

‘After Hassan: A New Monarch in Morocco’ Profile. Mediterranean Politics (Volume 4, No.3 Autumn 1999)

'Algeria's Other Islamists: Abdallah Djaballah and the Ennahda Movement' The Journal of North African Studies (Volume 3, Number 3, 1998)

Chapters in books:

‘Revolt for Dignity: Tunisia’s Revolution and Civil Resistance’
Chapter in Adam Roberts, Michael J. Willis, Rory McCarthy and Timothy Garton-Ash (Editors)  Civil Resistance in the Arab Spring: Triumphs and Disasters (Oxford University Press, Oxford 2015)

‘Berbers in an Arab Spring: The Politics of Amazigh Identity and the North African Uprisings’’
Chapter in  in Yahia H. Zoubir and Gregory White (Editors)  North African Politics: Change and Continuity (Routledge, 2015)

‘Evolution nor Revolution?: Morocco and the Arab Spring’
Chapter in Larbi Sadiki (Editor), Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring. Rethinking Democratization (Routledge, London, 2015) (In press)
‘Islamic Movements in the Political Process: Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia,’ in John L. Esposito and Emad El-Din Shahin (Editors), Oxford Handbook of Islam in Politics (OUP, Oxford 2013)

The Politics of Berber (Amazigh) Identity’
Chapter in Yahia H. Zoubir and Haizam Amirah-Fernandez (Editors), North Africa: Politics, Region and the Limits of Transformation (Routledge, London, 2007)

‘Justice and Development or Justice and Spirituality?: The Challenge of Morocco’s Nonviolent Islamist Movements’
Chapter  in Bruce Maddy-Weitzman and Daniel Zisenwine (Editors): The Maghrib in the New Century:  Identity, Religion and Politics (University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 2007)

(with Nizar Messari) ‘Analyzing Moroccan Foreign Policy and Relations with Europe’
Chapter in Gerd Nonneman (Editor), Analyzing Middle Eastern Foreign Policies: The Relationships with Europe (Routledge, London & New York, 2005)

‘Kabylia and the Kabyles in Algerian Politics’
Chapter in Michael Peyron (Editor), Amazigh days at Al Akhawayn University: Paving the Way for Tifinagh (AUI Press, Ifrane, 2004)

(with Nizar Messari) ‘The Arab Maghreb Union’
Chapter in David W. Lesch (Editor), History in Dispute: The Middle East Since 1945  Volume 14, Second Series (Farmington Hills, MI: St. James Press, 2003)

‘US Foreign Policy and North Africa: Continuity and Change’
Chapter in D.Ouaouicha, M.Willis, J.Kalpakian and A.Aboussaid (Editors) Moroccan-American Relations in the New Millennium  (AUI Press, Ifrane, 2003)

‘Comparative Experiences of Regional Integration: The Unhappy Case of the Arab Maghreb Union’ in South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) 2002-03 Yearbook (SAIIA, Johannesburg, 2003)

'Islamism in Algeria: The Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion.'
Chapter in R. Kevin Lacey and Ralph M. Coury (Editors): The Arab-African and Islamic Worlds: Interdisciplinary Studies. (Peter Lang, USA,  2000)

‘Islamic Movements and the West: Evolving Attitudes and Relationships.’
Chapter in M.Saqar and A. Al-Bursan (Editors): Western Trends Towards Political Islam in the Middle East (Middle East Studies Centre, Amman, Jordan, 2000)

'The Islamist Movements of North Africa'
Chapter in G. Joffé, R. Aliboni and T. Niblock (Editors): Security Challenges in the Mediterranean Region (Frank Cass, 1996)

'Algeria's Troubled Road Toward Political and Economic Liberalization: 1988- 1995'
Chapter in G. Nonneman (Editor): Political and Economic Liberalization: Dynamics and Linkages in Comparative Perspective (Lynne Rienner, 1996)

Select Conference Papers and Public Lectures

Relocating Morocco? Changing Official Discourses on Moroccan Identity. Workshop on Contemporary Morocco, Marrakech, Morocco 28-31 May.
Revolution, Reform and Stasis? The Contrasting Paths of the Maghreb states since the Arab Spring  at The 4th International Forum on Asia and the Middle East at Shanghai International Studies University in Shanghai, China, 10 September 2014
From Stability to Revolution: The Failure of the Tunisian Model in the Maghreb Conference: ‘Arab Spring: The Preludes.’ Qatar Foundation for Islamic Studies (QFIS) in Doha, Qatar, 3-4 April 2013.
Constitutional reform in the Maghreb.  Conference: Security and Democracy in the Maghreb Region organised by the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists (AECR) held in Marrakech, Morocco, January 31st to February 3rd 2013.
Politics and Power in the Maghreb.  Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University, Washington DC. 15 November 2012

Evolution not Revolution? Morocco and the Arab Spring. The Centre of Islamic Studies and the Centre for the International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa (CIRMENA) at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), Pembroke College, University of Cambridge. 3 May 2012

Morocco: The Arab Spring and the Challenge of Reform. Conference on  Political Transition and Stability on the Borders of the Union: Morocco and North Africa. International Centre for Counter-terrorism and the Morocco Institute. The Hague 16 December 2011.

The Arab Spring The Evan Luard Annual Lecture. United Nations Association of Oxford, Oxford Town Hall. 7 November 2011

The Status and Powers of the Prime Minister. Conference on Constitutional Reform in Morocco:
An International Perspective. Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco. 3 June 2011

The Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia and the Implications for the Wider Maghreb. Guest Lecture. Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy. 10 May 2011

British and Moroccan Experiences of Regional Integration and Devolution: Lessons and Comparisons. The Various Interpretations of Integration: Devolution, Decentralisation, Self-determination, Autonomy, Regionalisation, Union, Autonomous Regions, Landers Federation and others. Conference. L’institut des Etudes Africaines, Rabat, Morocco. 2 April 2011

Revolution in North Africa: Dynamics and Prospects. Symposium: Revolution in North Africa. Department of Politics. Liverpool University, 17 March 2011

Political Reform in Morocco: An Arab Success Story? The Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding (CAABU), School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, June 2010.

Morocco and Britain: Current Relations and Future Prospects. Morocco and Britain: Shared History, Heritage and Future. Rabat, Morocco, October 2009.

Views from the Far West: Morocco, the Maghreb and the Oslo Accord. ‘What Now for the Middle East?’, Oslo, Norway, June 2009.

The Enigma of Reform in Morocco Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting, Washington DC, USA, November 2008.

Islamism and Democracy: the Case of Morocco's Islamists and the Parliamentary Elections of September 2007 Department of Politics and International Studies, Warwick University, UK, February 2008

Balancing Act: Moroccan Foreign Policy Towards the Middle East  Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, November 2007.

Morocco's Islamists and the Parliamentary Elections of September 2007: The Strange Case of the Party That Did Not Win Middle East Centre, St Antony’s College, Oxford University, October 2007.

Islamist Participation in Government and Western Responses: The Importance of Differentiation. Islamist Particpation in Government, Movement for a Peaceful Society, Algiers, Algeria, March 2007


Appearances on radio (BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, RFI) and television (BBC, CNN, France 2, Sky News, CBC, 2M, RTM) to comment on Maghrebi affairs.

Interviews with Time magazine, Asharq Al-Awsat , The Guardian, The Independent ,Libération (Morocco) newspapers.  Tel Quel magazine (Morocco), Commissioned article in The Observer (London).


Editorial Board of Journal of North African Studies, Mediterranean Politics.

Board of American Institute for Maghrebi Studies (AIMS) 2010-2012

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Professor Jason Sturgess

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Professor Sturgess previously taught at DePaul University in Chicago, Georgetown University in Washington DC, and London Business School.

His research lies in the boundaries of corporate finance, corporate governance, and financial intermediation. His work has been published in international journals including the Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Review of Finance, has won the BlackRock Inc. and National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Global Challenge for Innovation Award, an Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance (the Q Group) research grant, and has been awarded best paper awards at the China International Conference in Finance, Financial Management Association, Mid-West Finance Association, and Spanish Finance Association Annual Meetings.

He regularly presents work at international conferences including the annual meetings of the American Finance Association, Western Finance Association, NBER, CEPR, and European Finance Association, central banks including the Bank of England, ECB, and Federal Reserve Board, and universities globally.

Professor Sturgess became head of Business and Finance School at Queen Mary's University in London in 2020.