Ziya Meral

Cambridge University

He is a London based Turkish researcher, analyst and writer. He holds a 1st Class BA Hons from Brunel University in London, MDiv from International School of Theology in the Philippines and MSc in Sociology from the London School of Economics. He has undertaken short-term studies and research in a wide range of countries, including Iran, Israel, China, Canada, USA and Jordan. He is a PhD candidate in Politics at the University of Cambridge.

He is a Research Associate at the Foreign Policy Centre. During 2010-2011, he was a Joseph Crapa Fellow at the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in Washington DC, conducting research on ethno-religious violence with a focus on Nigeria and Egypt.

He has published opinion editorials and academic essays on Turkish and Middle Eastern politics and foreign policy, religion, human rights, philosophy, social theory, comparative literature and theology.

He worked as a human rights advocate with a focus on religious freedom in the Middle East and North Africa, ran advocacy campaigns and lobbied various governments on individual cases and thematic issues. He delivered talks and lectures in leading academic institutions and conferences around the world, spoke at briefings and consultancies at the UK House of Commons and House of Lords and the U.S. Congress.

He is a frequent commentator on the Middle East issues in international and British media, including live interviews on Al Jazeera and BBC World TV programs such as World News Today with Kirsty Lang and Zeinab Badawi, and GMT with George Alagiah; BBC World Service radio programs including Europe Today, World Have Your Say and Reporting Religion; BBC Radio’s Jeremy Vine Show, the Today Programme and various other international broadcasts such as Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s National Radio, Vatican Radio and Radio New Zealand. His personal journey was featured on BBC’s popular TV program, Songs of Praise.

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