Educated at international schools in the UK and across the Middle East, Dr Hellyer received degrees in law, politics and sociology for the universities of Sheffield and Warwick (UK), and has carried out fieldwork across the Arab world, southeast Asia, Europe and North America. He has been a visiting professor at the American University in Cairo, and at the Universiti Teknologi in Malaysia, as well as being a Member of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies of the University of Oxford. His previous and current policy institute affiliations include memberships and fellowships at the International Institute of Strategic Studies (London, Washington, Singapore) the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (Malaysia) and the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (USA). A prolific author, he writes columns in the Washington Post (USA), the Huffington Post (USA), the National (UAE), the Guardian (UK), al-Masry al-Youm (Egypt) and the Straits Times (Singapore), among other publications around the world. He is currently writing two books on European and American security policy, and the Arab Spring.