Ed Husain
senior fellow, Civitas; global fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC; author, The House of Islam: a global history and best-selling memoir The Islamist

Ed Husain is author of the new book The House of Islam: a global history (Bloomsbury). He wrote a best-selling memoir of his time inside radical Islamism, The Islamist (Penguin) in 2007. He is a senior fellow at Civitas in London and a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC.

Ed writes and speaks extensively on the geopolitics of the Middle East, international threats from radicalisation and terrorism. He was a senior advisor to former Prime Minister Tony Blair. He has appeared on CNN, Fox, NPR, BBC, and Al-Jazeera, and writes regularly for publications including the New York Times, Financial Times and the Guardian. Ed founded the world’s first counter-extremism think tank, Quilliam, in 2008, and has advised government leaders and policy makers around the world. An Arabic speaker, he has lived in Syria and Saudi Arabia and travels extensively across the Middle East. Ed is former Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he focused on trends within Arab Islamism, perceptions of the West in the Arab world, and US policy toward the Middle East. Ed’s last policy memo for CFR led to the creation of a $200 million global fund, known as the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Funds (GCERF), designed to help communities combat extremism.

Follow Ed on Twitter: @Ed_Husain


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