Panelists' Biographies

Benedetta Berti is a Kreitman Post-Doctoral Fellow at Ben Gurion University, a fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) and a TED 2015 fellow. Dr. Berti’s areas of expertise include human security, internal conflict, integration of armed groups, post-conflict stabilization as well as democratization, civil society, social movements and strategic nonviolence. Dr. Berti's work has appeared, among others, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Studies in Conflict and TerrorismMediterranean Politics, and the Middle East Journal. Recently, Dr. Berti authored the book Armed Political Organizations. From Conflict to Integration (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). In addition, Dr. Berti is a Member of the Young Atlanticist group of the Atlantic Council, the Körber Foundation’s Munich Young Leader group, and she is affiliated with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Global Experts Program. Dr. Berti holds a PhD and an MA in international relations and security studies from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a post-doctorate from the Hebrew University.


Bill Park is Senior Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department, King’s College, London. He is the author of journal articles, book chapters, blog pieces and monographs on a range of Turkish foreign policy issues, including its EU accession prospects, the Cyprus problem, Turkey’s policies towards Northern Iraq, Turkey-US relations, the Fethullah Gulen movement, and the Ergenekon affair. Among his publications are ‘Turkey-KRG relations after the US withdrawal from Iraq: putting the Kurds on the map’, published by the Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College, in March 2014 (available online). His book, ‘Modern Turkey: People, State and Foreign Policy in a Globalized World’, was published by Routledge in 2011. He is currently writing a book on Turkey’s regional Kurdish predicaments.

He serves as a trustee, council member and research committee member for the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA), and is an editorial board member for the journal Mediterranean Politics.

He is a frequent visitor to Turkey, has presented at numerous workshops and conferences, and has appeared as a Turkey expert on various UK and overseas media, has given testimony on Turkish issues to the UK Parliament, and is used as a consultant on Turkish issues by various UK government agencies.


Manal A.  Jamal, PhD, is an associate professor of political science at James Madison University (JMU), and during the 2014-2015 academic year, she is a Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School.  Her research interests include comparative democratization, social movements, the political economy of transitions, and Middle East politics, including the Arab-Israeli conflict. 

She holds a PhD in political science from McGill University and a BA and MA in international relations from UC Davis and San Francisco State, respectively.  Prior to joining the faculty of JMU, she was a Sultan post-doctoral fellow at UC Berkeley’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, a research fellow at the Dubai School of Government, and a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Dubai Initiative.  During the late 1990s, she worked as journalist and researcher in the Palestinian Territories. She has consulted for a number of organizations, including the United Nations Special Coordinators Office in the Occupied Territories and the UK’s IHS Jane’s.  Since 2010, she has served as a member of the Middle East Studies Association's Committee for Academic Freedom, and between 2012 and 2014, she was a member of the transitional board of directors of the Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies.


Martin Beck holds a chair of Contemporary Middle East Studies at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense. He taught, researched, and worked as a political advisor in Germany (Tübingen, Hamburg and Bremen), the Middle East (Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq), and the US (Denver, Colorado). He has published extensively both in German and English on Middle Eastern affairs. His main current research interests are the Arab Spring, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, international oil politics and international relations of the Middle East. His latest publications and activities can be found at


Matteo Legrenzi holds a D.Phil. in International Relations and a M.Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from St. Antony's College, Oxford University where he remains Visiting Academic. In Oxford he is also Senior Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies of the Department of Politics and International Relations. He is President of the Italian Association for Middle Eastern Studies (SeSaMO). He studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo. He published numerous articles and book chapters on the Arab monarchies and the international relations of the Gulf as well as writing a column on Middle East politics for the Italian journal "Il Mulino". He wrote two monographs "The GCC and the International Relations of the Gulf: Diplomacy, Security and Economic Coordination in a Changing Middle East" for I.B. Tauris and "Cognitive Analysis of Decisionmaking: The Case of Israel in October 1973 Conflict" for Vita e Pensiero (Milan Catholic University Press). He also edited three volumes "Beyond Regionalism? Regional Cooperation, Regionalism and Regionalisation in the Middle East" and "Shifting Geo-Economic Power of the Gulf: Oil, Finance and Institutions" for Ashgate Publishers and "Gulf Security: Legacies of the Past, Prospects for the future" for Routledge. Before returning to Venice, his hometown, he taught in Oxford, Ottawa and Seoul winning the Capital Educators' Award in 2009 in Canada. He deals with international relations and comparative government of the Middle East, in particular the political economy, regionalism and security of the Arab monarchies of the Gulf.


Peter Seeberg ( is Associate Professor at Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies, University of Southern Denmark and Director of the DJUCO-project, an academic cooperation project in Amman, Jordan, since 2009 funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (see Peter Seeberg has published widely on the EU and the Middle East, migration and security, political conflicts related to the Mediterranean region etc. His most recent books are Seeberg, Peter & Zaid Eyadat (eds. 2013): Migration, Security, and Citizenship in the Middle East. New Perspectives. New York: Palgrave Macmillan; Seeberg, Peter, Anne Magnussen, Kirstine Sinclair and Nils Arne Sørensen (eds. 2013): Contested Places, Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark; Seeberg, Peter & Michelle Pace (eds. 2010, ppb 2013). The European Union's Democratization Agenda in the Mediterranean. London: Routledge; Seeberg, Peter (ed. 2007): EU and the Mediterranean. Foreign Policy and Security, University Press of Southern Denmark. His articles appeared in British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Democracy and Security, Democratization, European Foreign Affairs Review, Journal of Islamic Studies, Mediterranean Politics, Middle East Critique and Middle East Policy. 


William Hale is an Emeritus Professor, and formerly Professor of Turkish Politics in the Department of Political and International Studies in the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London. He is a specialist on the politics of the Middle East, especially Turkey, in which he has been interested since his student days. His principle publications include: The Political and Economic Development of Modern Turkey  (London, Croom Helm, l981, 1984: reprinted, Routledge, 2015)): Turkish Politics and the Military (London, Routledge, 1994): Turkish Foreign Policy 1774-2000  (London, Frank Cass, 2000, 2nd edn . 2002, 3rd edn Turkish Foreign Policy since 1774 (Routledge, 2012), Turkey, the United States and Iraq (London, Saqi Books, for London Middle East Institute, 2006), and Islamism, Democracy and Liberalism, The Case of the AKP  (co-authored with Ergun Özbudun, Routledge, 2011). He has also published a large number of papers on modern Turkish politics and history.


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