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Islam Al Tayeb

Research Analyst, IISS-Middle East


Main Responsibilities: Islam conducts in-depth research and analysis on external, internal, political-systemic and policy threats in the Middle East region focusing on the Gulf and the Nile River Basin. In particular, she conducts in-depth research and analysis on economic, social and political developments in Egypt, Sudan and Turkey, in addition to exploring Arab-Iranian relations. She provides legal expertise and research on security-sector reform in post-conflict countries in the Arab world. Islam also looks at various defence and security issues in the region, such as civil-military relations, military-commercial activities and defence industries. She also contributes research to a variety of IISS publications.   

Background: Upon receiving the Crown Prince’s International Scholarship, Islam obtained her legal qualification (LLB Honors) in London from the School of Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 2009. Subsequently, she completed a Master's degree (LLM) in International Law with special focus on conflict and dispute resolution in 2010 from SOAS. She is a contributor to SOAS International Arbitration Newsletter and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Amongst various internships, Islam interned at IISS in London and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bahrain, before working for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in 2010. In addition, she has assisted the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) during its mandate period.

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Joined IISS: September 2012

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