The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), United Kingdom

H.A. Hellyer


Dr H.A. Hellyer is a senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London and the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC. A noted scholar of religion, politics and security studies in the West, the Arab world, and southeast Asia, Dr Hellyer is also a visiting professor at the Centre for the Advanced Study of Islam, Science and Civilisation (CASIS) in Malaysia. Following the 2005 London bombings, he was appointed as Deputy Convenor of the UK Government’s Taskforce on tackling radicalisation. Regularly included in the scholastic section of the ‘500 Most Influential Muslims’ list set up by Georgetown University, Dr Hellyer researched Islamic intellectual thought with classically trained specialists in Egypt, the UK, South Africa and Malaysia.

Dr Hellyer previously held posts at Brookings, Harvard University, the American University in Cairo, Warwick University and the Gallup Organisation, and served as the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s first ESRC Fellow as an independent non-partisan academic. In addition to more than 25 book chapters and journal articles, Dr Hellyer has authored 5 books, including “Muslims of Europe: the ‘Other’ Europeans” (Edinburgh University Press), “Engagement with the Muslim Community & Counter-Terrorism: British Lessons for the West” (Brookings) and “A Revolution Undone: Egypt’s Road Beyond Revolt” ( Oxford University Press), “A Sublime Path: the Sufi Path of the Makkan Sages” (co-author, Fons Vitae & DTI) and “The Islamic Tradition and the Human Rights Discourse” ((editor) Atlantic Council).

Alongside Professor Anna Triandafyllidou and Professor Tariq Modood, Dr Hellyer serves on the steering committee for GREASE, and is leading particularly on coordinating in-depth country studies on radicalisation processes in Europe, the Arab world and Asia. Dr Hellyer is also contributing insights on secularism and governance of religion in the public sphere for GREASE, and co-leading work on the GREASE publication provisionally titled Unpacking Religion, Radicalisation and Violence: An Empirical and Conceptual Inquiry. His website is