Author of the bestselling book The Islamist (Penguin, 2007), Ed writes and speaks extensively on international threats from radicalisation and terrorism. He has appeared on CNN, Fox, NPR, BBC and Al-Jazeera, and writes regularly for publications including the New York Times, Financial Times and the Guardian. Ed founded the world's first counter-extremism think tank, Quilliam, in 2008, and has advised government leaders and policymakers around the world. An Arabic speaker, he has lived in Syria and Saudi Arabia and travels extensively across the Middle East.
Ed is former senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), where he focused on trends within Arab Islamism, perceptions of the West in the Arab world and US policy towards the Middle East. Ed's last policy memo for CFR led to the creation of a new global fund, known as the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Funds (GCERF), designed to help communities combat extremism.