Jane Kinninmont is Deputy Head and Senior Research Fellow of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House. Previously she was Associate Director for the Middle East and Africa at the Economist Group; Middle East and North Africa Editor and Economist at the Economist Intelligence Unit; and Managing Editor for Middle East and Africa at Business Monitor International. She contributes regularly to the media, including The Economist, The Guardian and Foreign Policy. Her research interests include the international relations of the Middle East; deconstructing the politics of sectarianism in the Gulf and Levant; the development of opposition movements and new actors; and the challenges that political economy structures pose to transitions in the region.
She has a BA from the University of Oxford and an MSc from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.