Nicolas Pelham

Nicolas Pelham is The Economist’s correspondent in Jerusalem and a writer on Arab affairs for the New York Review of Books. From 2005 to 2010 he was the Israel/Palestine senior analyst for the International Crisis Group, where he extensively covered the rise of national-religious movements. He began working as a journalist in Cairo in 1992, as editor of the Middle East Times, and then joined the BBC Arabic Service as an analyst and later as the Maghreb correspondent. From 2001 to 2004 he reported for The Economist and the Financial Times in Iraq and Jordan. He is the author of A New Muslim Order (2008), which traces Shia resurgence in the Arab world, and co-author of A History of the Middle East (2010). He has worked as a consultant for the UN in Gaza and is the international coordinator of Tida, a Gaza-based research centre.