Founder & Executive Director
Usama Butt is the founding and executive director of the Institute for Islamic Strategic Affairs (IISA). His academic interests mainly focus on the Islamic-world and global security, US foreign policy, foreign policies of different Islamic governments and emerging global powers , Inter Islamic & intra-Islamic conflicts, Security Sector Reform (SSR) and Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR), civil military relations, conflict transformation & peace building, post conflict reconstruction and intelligence studies etc. He has an academic back ground in ‘Security studies’ and has conducted field researches in the Middle East, North and West Africa and South Asia on conflict resolution, humanitarian analyses, SSR/DDR and conflict resolution. He has been involved – directly and indirectly – in some reconciliatory efforts.
Jonathan Bloch is an expert on intelligence and global security issues. He is a co-author of ‘British Intelligence and Covert Action’ and’ KGB/CIA, Global Intelligence: The World’s Secret Services Today’ and was also a co-author of three chapters in the collection Dirty Work 2: The CIA in Africa. He was politically active in South Africa and remains involved in Southern African causes. He is now a London-based businessman and a former Liberal Democrat councillor in the London Borough of Haringey.