Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme
David Butter
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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 - 12MENA Regional Director (from 2007), Economist Intelligence Unit
1984 - 2002Editor (from 2000), Middle East Economic Digest (MEED)

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  • Arabic, French