Rainer Hermann is the Middle East Editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He has an MA in economics and a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies. He was the newspaper’s correspondent in Istanbul from 1991 to 2008, and its correspondent in Abu Dhabi from 2008 to 2012. He has published five books on Turkey and the Middle East, most recently Final Destination ‘Islamic State’? Religious War and State Decay in the Arab World (2015).