Director Research and Programmes
Dr Ziya Meral directs CHACR’s Global Analysis Programme that explores trends that are shaping the current operating environment and global developments that impact British defence. He is also a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Service and sits on advisory boards of multiple initiatives and institutions, including the British Institute Ankara.
He frequently lectures on his areas of expertise and research across to UK Army and wider NATO ally military audiences as well as leading academic and diplomatic institutions. These have included talks at the UK FCDO, MoD, US State Department, EU Commission, US West Point Military Academy, NATO Defence College. He has also testified before the UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, and frequently comments in international and British media outlets on developments in the Middle East and global security issues, including BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, France 24, the Atlantic, Financial Times and the New York Times.
He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Cambridge, a MSc in Sociology from the London School of Economics, a MDiv from the International School of Theology-Asia in the Philippines and a 1st Class BA from the Brunel University. He has conducted research, managed projects and took short term studies in a wide geography including Nigeria, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon, Ghana, USA, Canada, China, Jordan. His last book, How Violence Shapes Religion: Belief and Conflict in Africa and the Middle East, was published by the Cambridge University Press.