Dr Shiraz Maher is a lecturer in non-state actors within the Department of War Studies and also serves as Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), an academic research centre within the department. He is a historian by training and is primarily interested in the development of Islamic political thought, particularly the use of theology by reactionary and militant movements. Dr Maher also works on the Syrian Civil War, the internationalising of the conflict, and the foreign fighter phenomenon. More recently, he has been looking at how non-state actors provide alternative administration in newly ungoverned spaces across the Middle East and North Africa. He is also interested in Saudi Arabia and its plans for reform under Vision 2030. He also previously served as an ICCT Editorial Board member.