Until he left the FCO at the end of February 2015, Greg Shapland was the FCO’s most senior analyst on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). From 2010 to 2013, he served as head of research analysts in the FCO. He has also served in British embassies in the MENA region and in the Cabinet Office assessments staff, and has worked as a commercial representative in the region.
Greg retains an association with the FCO as an RA alumnus. He also holds research fellowships with the universities of Sussex and Exeter.
Greg has a BA in Geography, a BA in Arabic and an MA in the Politics and Geography of the Middle East. He spent the academic year 1992-93 as a research fellow at SOAS, working on water and international relations. His book Rivers of Discord: International Water Disputes in the Middle East, was published in 1997.
- Water disputes in the Middle East
- Iraq and Kurds
- Maghreb (especially Morocco)
|2015 -||Visiting Research Fellow, University of Sussex|
|2015 -||Honorary Research Fellow, University of Exeter|
|1979-2015||Research Analyst, Middle East and North Africa Research Group, RA, FCO|
- Arabic (not for broadcast)
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- 'Water and Development in Iraqi Kurdistan', in Stansfield, G (ed.), The Kurdish Question Revisited (forthcoming, December 2015)
- Rivers of Discord: International Water Disputes in the Middle East, London, 1997
- 'Regional Implications of the Arab Spring', in Mulrooney, D (ed.), The Situation in West Asia and North Africa and its Impact on the International Strategic Configuration, Conference Report, Institute for Security and Development, 2012, Stockholm, pp 68-73
- 'Policy Options for Downstream States in the Middle East', in Allan, JA, and Mallat, C (eds), Water in the Middle East (1995)
- 'Water and Politics in the Middle East', in Davis, MJ (ed.), Politics and International Relations in the Middle East, Continuity and Change, 1995