International Steering Group

Kamal Alam
Board member

Kamal Alam

Kamal brings a much needed regional focus to Plant for Peace, using his experience of work in Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Pakistan to connect this project to the wider Middle East and Muslim world. Kamal is currently the Fellow for Middle East Region Defence and Security Issues.

Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon at The Institute for Statecraft. He has taught senior officers of various Middle Eastern armies at Staff Colleges regionally with a focus on Syria and Turkey. Previously he worked at The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) London in the Defence Analysis Department. He has also worked on the Syria Programme at the Aspen Institute in Berlin.

Kamal holds a BA from the University of Durham in the Politics & History of the Middle East with Arabic, his undergraduate dissertation which was a comparative work on the idea of war in Judaic and Islamic theology was supervised by Rabbi Robert Ash. Kamal also studied Aramaic under UK’s top Hebrew Professor Robert Hayward. Kamal also studied in Damascus focussing on Syrian History and currently advises several Damascus and Deir ez-Zor based family offices. His PhD examines the Geopolitics of Afghanistan & the Arab World, focusing primarily on trade corridors set up by the Arabs and Turks in medieval times and what relevance they hold for the modern geopolitics of the Middle East and Central Asia.