Professor Gareth Stansfield is a Senior Associate Fellow with special reference to the Middle East and Islamic world. He is professor of Middle East Politics and the Al-Qasimi chair of Arab Gulf Studies at the University of Exeter, where he is also the director of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS) and director of research of the Strategy and Security Institute (SSI).
He is currently an honorary research fellow attached to the Middle East and North Africa Research Group of the Foreign Office, a visiting professor of Northwest University, Xi'an, China, and an honorary fellow of the University of Pennsylvania's Program on Ethnic Conflict. Between 2002-12 he was an associate fellow of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House.
He has been a regular commentator and adviser on Middle East politics over the last decade, focusing in particular on the politics and political economy of Iraq, the Kurdish regions of the Middle East, dynamics of Gulf/Arabian peninsular security, and questions of post-conflict stabilization and nation/state building. With regard to the latter subject, he has been part of UK (MoD) horizon-scanning initiatives on Iraq and Libya, and visited Afghanistan to research the reintegration process. In 2009, he served as a senior political adviser to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), with special reference to the situation in Kirkuk and Iraq's disputed territories.
His recent publications include Unrecognised States in the International System, edited with Nina Caspersen, Routledge 2011; 'Iraq: The Unstoppable Force and the Immovable Object', The World Today, December 2011; 'The Political Parameters of Post-Withdrawal Iraq' in International Affairs, 2010; Iraq: People, History, Politics, Cambridge: Polity Press, 2008.