Michael Stephens is the Research Fellow for Middle East Studies and Head of RUSI Qatar. He joined RUSI’s London office in September 2010, first in the Nuclear Security Programme before moving to International Security Studies. From March to June 2017 Michael was seconded into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, serving as the Senior Research Analyst for Syria and Lebanon. Michael has 12 years of experience working in the Middle East, and has conducted research across many countries including Turkey, the Levant, Iraq and the Gulf States.
Our Voice of the Week is Likud LGBT Caucus Charman Evan Cohen. On i24 News, he analyses whether right wing parties in Israel will heed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call, and unite ahead of April’s elections in order to avoid some of those parties dropping below the electoral threshold, ensuring the victory of the center-left bloc.