David Butter is an analyst of politics, economics and business in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, and has been an associate fellow in the Chatham House MENA programme since August 2012.
He was previously regional director for the Middle East at the Economist Intelligence Unit, and prior to that worked for MEED magazine, where he was editor between 2000 and 2002.
He holds an MA in comparative politics from Sussex University and a BA in Arabic and Persian from Oxford University. In 2013 Chatham House published his briefing paper on the political economy of Egypt.
- Politics, economy and business in Egypt
- Economy and business in Saudi Arabia
- Politics and economy in Syria
|2002 - 12||MENA Regional Director (from 2007), Economist Intelligence Unit|
|1984 - 2002||Editor (from 2000), Middle East Economic Digest (MEED)|
- Arabic, French
- Salvaging Syria’s Economy Research Paper, March 2016
- Syria’s Economy: Picking up the Pieces Research Paper, June 2015
- Egypt in Search of Economic Direction Briefing Paper, November 2013
- Syria's Alawites The World Today, August 2012
- Articles on Egypt in Africa Confidential, July & Aug 2012
- Regular contributions to Economist Intelligence Unit and MEED
- Syrian Opposition Will Not Attend Friday Peace Talks Voice of America
- How has the war in Syria affected ordinary Syrians? BBC News
- Egypt cuts fuel subsidies to reduce budget deficit Financial Times
- Oil states burn billions as global axis of power shifts The Times
- War has left Syria ‘on brink of economic collapse’ The Independent
- Syria votes but election is assured for Bashar al-Assad as war rages on The Sydney Morning Herald
- Economic challenges loom for next Egypt leader Gulf Times (DPA)