Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme
Tim Eaton
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Tim Eaton is research fellow with the Middle East and North Africa Programme. Prior to this, he was project manager for the programme’s Syria and its Neighbours Policy Initiative, which aims to support a coordinated and holistic policy response to the conflict in Syria. 

Before joining Chatham House, he was senior projects manager, Middle East at BBC Media Action, the BBC’s international development charity. He worked across the Middle East region on projects in Iraq, Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. An Arabic speaker, he has previously lived in Cairo and Damascus where he studied and worked for local civil society organizations. 

Tim was awarded the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies Departmental Scholarship to undertake his MA in Middle East Politics at Exeter University. He also holds a BA in History from Nottingham University and a diploma in Arabic from SOAS.


  • The Syria crisis and its impact on neighbouring states

  • Media in the Middle East and North Africa

  • State and society in Libya and Egypt


2015-16Project Manager, Syria and Its Neighbours Policy Initiative, Chatham House
2013-14Senior Projects Manager, Middle East and North Africa, BBC Media Action
2011-13Assistant Project Manager, Iraq, BBC Media Action
2010-11MA Middle East Studies, Exeter University
2009-10Programme Coordinator, Energy and Environment Programme, Chatham House
2008-09Graduate Consultant, Champollion
2007-08Arabic, University of Damascus/English teacher
2006-07Diploma in Communicative Arabic, SOAS
2005-06Editor, Civil Society and Democratization in the Arab World, Ibn Khaldun Centre, Cairo
2002-05BA History, Nottingham University

Broadcast experience



  • English – broadcast
  • Arabic – not for broadcast
  • Spanish – not for broadcast