Barak M Seener – Chairman
Barak Seener is a policy and security expert, with specialist knowledge of the Middle East and the Gulf. Barak reconciles humanitarian and security considerations that enable the public and private sector to consider safe investment in key prospective market sectors. His policy awareness lends itself to unique proprietary analysis on the region via looking through different lenses of policy, geo-strategy, security, economic, history, ideology, culture and religion. This conceptualization of seemingly different strands generates unique insights of the why and how of policies and events, and how they impact on specific locations and industries. This in turn helps to successfully forecast scenarios, overcome obstacles and lead a straighter path to success.
Barak Seener was a Middle East Research Fellow at RUSI, and an Associate fellow at the Institute, on whose behalf he has debriefed international defence and security policy makers and diplomats on matters relating to the Middle East. He also staged the world’s first, and hugely successful conference in London at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) on Palestinian statehood. This examined the security Implications for the Region bringing together leading Israelis, Palestinians, US and European representatives in London 2011 to view this event click on this link:
Prior to joining RUSI, Barak was one of the Henry Jackson Society's founders in Westminster and was the Henry Jackson Society's Greater Middle East Section Director.
Barak has provided analysis and expert commentary for a range of international broadcasters including Al-Jazeera, BBC, CNN, Chinese CCTV, Fox News, Sky News, Voice of America, and news outlets such as Bloomberg, Reuters, Associated Press, the Evening Standard, Jerusalem Post and Xinhua.
Barak has written and commented on transatlantic relations, universal jurisdiction, nuclear proliferation and Middle East issues including the Arab Spring, tensions in Libya, Egypt and Syria, strategic and security dynamic between Iran and the Gulf, and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Barak has published extensively for the Hudson Institute, Jane's Intelligence Review, The National Interest, Middle East Quarterly, Muslim World Today, Jerusalem Post, and InFocus. Barak has also reported for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy's PolicyWatchesand PeaceWatches.
Publications that Barak has edited include: Al Qaeda's Armies: Middle East Affiliate Groups and the Next Generation of Terror, by Jonathan Schanzer; Foreign Affinity Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century: How to combat the International Terrorist Network in the United States by Raymond Tanter (In Press); A policy focus by Maj. General (Res) D. Almog (April, 2004), The West Bank Fence: A Vital Component in Israel's Strategy of Defense, including a military critique; and A Defensible Fence: Fighting Terror and Enabling a Two State Solution, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, D. Makovsky (April, 2004). He also contributed to the American Foreign Policy Council's World Almanac of Islamism.