Beverley Milton Edwards

Nonresident Senior Fellow


Beverley Milton-Edwards is a nonresident senior fellow at the Middle East Council on Global Affairs. Her research focuses on political Islam in the Middle East and security sector governance in conflict-affected countries. She is also a senior policy advisor with more than 20 years of experience advising the European Union and different governments, including Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Previously, Milton-Edwards was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center and Oxford University, where she wrote about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and security challenges in Iraq, Jordan, and Yemen, among others. Prior, she was a professor of politics and director of the Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict at Queen’s University Belfast in Ireland. She has also been part of ceasefire mediations and track II negotiations at different stages of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Milton-Edwards has published numerous articles in International Affairs, Security Dialogue, Journal of Palestine Studies, British Journal of Middle East Studies, and Third World Quarterly, among others. She has also authored many books including Contemporary Politics in the Middle East (Polity Press, 2018), The Muslim Brotherhood: The Arab Spring and its future face (Routledge, 2016), and Islamic Fundamentalism since 1945 (Routledge, 2014).

Milton-Edwards is an elected fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and founder and board member of the British Association of Islamic Studies. She has served as a member on the council to the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies and on editorial boards such as British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies and International Dialogue.

Research Areas

  • Security sector governance
  • Political Islam
  • Multilateral cooperation
  • Conflict management

Countries of Focus

  • Palestine
  • Gulf (GCC)
  • Mashreq

Other Areas of Interest

  • Middle East foreign policy
  • Strategic dialogue


  • Ph.D., Politics, University of Exeter, 1991
  • M.A., International Relations and Political Economy of the Middle East, University of Exeter, 1988
  • Hons. B.A., Upper Second Politics, University of Portsmouth, 1986


Israel’s military campaign in Gaza is entering its fourth month with no end in sight. Council experts explore various dimensions of the fallout.
Adel Abdel Ghafar, Galip Dalay, Omar H. Rahman, Beverley Milton Edwards, Tarik M. Yousef, Abdalftah Hamed Ali, Alhala Alkuwari, Ranj Alaaldin, Sahar Khamis
Middle East Council experts offer their thoughts on the unfolding crisis in Palestine-Israel that began on October 7.
Ali Bin Musa, Shahram Akbarzadeh, Sahar Khamis, Nader S. Kabbani, Beverley Milton Edwards, Hamidreza Azizi, Omar H. Rahman, Galip Dalay, Noha Aboueldahab, Saoud El Mawla, Faozi Al-Goidi
The Hamas attack on Israel on October 7 constituted a seismic failure for Israel's security and intelligence communities, which despite a vaunted reputation and cutting-edge technology, has lost much of its capabilities in the Gaza Strip over the past 15 years.
Beverley Milton Edwards
The expansion of BRICS, announced at the August summit in South Africa, signals an emerging shift in the international order. Middle East Council experts analyze the significance of the bloc on the global stage and discuss questions raised at the summit about multipolarity, de-dollarization, and more.
Galip Dalay, Beverley Milton Edwards, Aisha Al-Sarihi, Shahram Akbarzadeh, Adel Abdel Ghafar, Ranj Alaaldin, June Park, Oumeyma Chelbi, Abdalftah Hamed Ali
With less than one week left before the start of the tournament, scheduled for November 20 through December 18, 2022, experts from the Middle East Council on Global Affairs reflect below on the various dimensions of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Tarik M. Yousef, Marc Owen Jones, Ranj Alaaldin, Nejla Ben Mimoune, Faozi Al-Goidi, Beverley Milton Edwards, Adel Abdel Ghafar