Koert Debeuf is an Associate Fellow at the Brussels School of Governance, where he is also a Distinguished Adjunct Professor in Middle East Studies, teaching the Political History of the Middle East course in one of the Bachelor programmes. He is also a senior political consultant at Avisa Partners. He holds an MA in History, a PhD in philosophy, and is a former Director of the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy and a former editor in chief of EUobserver. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Previously he lived for five years in Cairo where he followed the Arab Spring. From 2003 until 2008 he was advisor and speechwriter of the Prime Minister of Belgium. Koert Debeuf makes regular appearances on Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya as an expert on international politics, with a focus on Middle East related matters.