Gerard Russell

New America Foundation; Foreign Policy Centre

Gerard Russell is a senior fellow with the New America Foundation's International Security Program and a senior associate of the Foreign Policy Centre in London.

Previously, Russell worked for 14 years as a British and United Nations diplomat, and has lived in Cairo, Jerusalem, Baghdad, Kabul, and Jeddah. From 2010 to 2011, he was a research fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights at the Harvard Kennedy School.

He is the author of Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys Into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East.

Russell was awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for this work in 2002.

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Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys Into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East

NOV 19, 2014 Podcast

Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys Into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East

Despite its reputation for religious intolerance, the Middle East has long sheltered many distinctive faiths. How are groups such as the Mandaeans and Yazidis of ...