Tobias Borck is an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, an independent analyst and consultant specializing in Middle East politics and security, and a PhD candidate at the University of Exeter’s Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS). Borck’s doctoral research focuses on stability and regional order in the Middle East from the perspective of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar. His other research interests include European – specifically German and British – foreign policy towards the Middle East; and the post-2011 political and security developments in North Africa (especially Egypt, Libya and Tunisia). At RUSI, Borck contributes to the design and delivery of bespoke executive education training course for private and public sector clients from the Middle East and North Africa. In his capacity as an independent consultant, he has worked on several projects aimed at understanding and countering extremist propaganda; this has included co-authoring a chapter in ‘ISIS Propaganda: A Full-Spectrum Extremist Message’ (published by Oxford University Press). Borck holds degrees in Arabic and Middle East Studies (BA) and Applied Security Strategy (MA) from the University of Exeter, and is an alumnus of the German National Academic Foundation. He has spent time studying and working in Egypt, Morocco and Jordan, has traveled extensively in the region, and is proficient in Arabic.