Amin Saikal AM, FASSA is University Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Public Policy Fellow, and Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (Middle East and Central Asia) at the Australian National University. He has been a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in International Relations, and Visiting Fellow to Princeton University, Cambridge University; the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex; and Indiana University. He is an awardee of the Order of Australia (AM) ‘for service to the international community and education through the development of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, and as an author and adviser’, and an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He has also published in major international journals and dailies, including The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian. He is a frequent commentator on Australian and international TV and radio networks.