Adam Roberts is Senior Research Fellow in International Relations, University of Oxford, and Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He has written on many aspects of international relations, including on civil resistance against authoritarian regimes, and on foreign military occupations in the Middle East. He served as President of the British Academy, 2009-13. He was born in Penrith in 1940, and educated at Westminster School and at Magdalen College Oxford,
where he read Modern History. He was Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at Oxford University, 1986-2007. He is married with two grown-up children, and lives in Oxford. His interests include mountaineering and cycling.
Dr Michael J. Willis is Fellow in Moroccan and Mediterranean Studies at St Antony's College, the University of Oxford. Before taking up his current post in Oxford he taught politics at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco for seven years from 1997 to 2004. He was Director of the Middle East Centre at St Antony's College from 2011 to 2014. He has a BA in Modern History and International Relations from Reading University, an MA in International History from the LSE, and a PhD in Middle
Eastern Politics from Durham University. His research focuses on the politics, modern history, and international relations of the central Maghreb.
Rory McCarthy is completing a DPhil in Oriental Studies at St Antony's College, University of Oxford, where he researches Islamism in contemporary Tunisia. He was formerly a foreign correspondent of the Guardian and was posted in Islamabad, Baghdad, Beirut, and Jerusalem. He studied History at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and Modern Middle Eastern Studies at St Antony's College, Oxford, and he is the author of Nobody Told Us We Are Defeated: Stories from the New Iraq (Chatto
& Windus, 2006).
Timothy Garton Ash is Professor of European Studies in the University of Oxford, Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the author of nine books of political writing or 'history of the present' including The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, & Prague, The File: A Personal History, In Europe's Name and, most recently, Facts
are Subversive. He writes a widely syndicated column on international affairs in the Guardian and is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, amongst other journals. He is currently working on a book about free speech in the age of mass migration and the internet and leads the 13-language Oxford University
research project Freespeechdebate.com. Awards he has received for his writing include the George Orwell Prize.