Dr Kishk is Director of International & Strategic Studies with Derasat and was previously Director of the Diplomatic Center for Strategic Studies in Egypt (Cairo branch). He obtained his Bachelors in Political Science and his Doctorate, which focused on Gulf Security, from Cairo University. Dr Kishk has held the post of Fellow at the NATO Defence College, Rome specialising on Iran, Iraq and regional security. He was also a researcher for the Egyptian Parliament and later worked for the Gulf Center for Strategic Studies in Cairo, specialising in regional and Gulf security. Dr Kishk regularly contributes studies and articles to the AlAhram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, Egypt and has supervised and authored many studies on strategic and security issues.