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Global Analysis Programme

The Global Analysis Programme (GAP) aims to provide timely analysis of relevant global developments and to raise early warning of competition and conflict that could have implications for the British Army. The GAP monitors not only specific countries and geopolitical developments, but also cross-cutting thematic issues of importance, such as migration patterns, environmental and health crises, and international terrorism. The output of the GAP’s research and monitoring is communicated to the Army through written in-depth briefings on specific issues or countries, lectures on emerging issues delivered by subject matter experts and an annual conference.

The GAP also seeks to proactively work with relevant Army departments in conducting new research, locating relevant and world-leading subject matter experts and planning events and briefings.

In order to fulfil its role, the GAP draws on an ever growing national and international network of expertise.

Dr. Ziya Meral

Senior Resident Fellow

Dr Ziya Meral is a Resident Fellow at the Army’s Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research. He is also the founder and director of the Centre on Religion and Global Affairs, a new research and policy initiative exploring the relationship of religion with contemporary issues with a focus on Africa and the Middle East.

He is an expert on Turkish and Middle Eastern foreign policies, and thematic issues of religion and violent conflict. He has given numerous television and radio interviews for British and international media outlets, and lectures internationally in leading universities as well as diplomatic and political institutions.

He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge in political science, an MSc in sociology from the London School of Economics, a Masters of Divinity from the International School of Theology Asia in Manila, Philippines, and a 1st Class BA from Brunel University.

His role as a Resident Fellow involves running the CHACR Lecture Series and In Depth Briefings that address issues of interest to the Army and wider British defence.