Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme
Greg Shapland

Contact information

+44 (0)75 4926 0719


Greg Shapland is an independent researcher and writer on politics, security, resources and environment (including water) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). He has been an associate fellow at Chatham House since September 2015.

Greg’s entire career has been focused on the Middle East and North Africa, whether as a commercial representative, university lecturer or government official (in the Ministry of Defence, Cabinet Office and FCO). From 1979 until 2015, he served in the MENA Research Group in the FCO. He was also head of Research Analysts from July 2010 to July 2013. During his time with the FCO, Greg served in British embassies in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Tel Aviv and in the consulate general in Jerusalem. 

Greg holds degrees in Geography, Arabic and Area Studies (Middle East, geography and politics). His book Rivers of Discord: International Water Disputes in the Middle East was published in 1997.

Areas of expertise

  • Israeli-Palestinian relations and the Middle East Peace Process
  • Water and other environmental issues in the MENA region
  • Security and geopolitics of the MENA region

Past experience

1979-2015Research Analyst, Middle East and North Africa Research Group, RA, FCO
1977-79Linguist (Arabic), Ministry of Defence 
1976-77Lecturer, Arabic and Islamic Studies, University College, Dublin