Charles Tripp is professor of politics with reference to the Middle East at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His research interests include the nature of autocracy, state and resistance in the Middle East and the politics of Islamic identity. Prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Tripp was part of a team that advised Tony Blair on the consequences of going to war. He is the author of Islam and the Moral Economy: The Challenge of Capitalism (Cambridge University Press, 2006), A History of Iraq (Cambridge University Press, 2007), and the joint author of Iran and Iraq at War (I.B. Tauris, 1988) and of Iran-Saudi Arabia Relations and Regional Order (IISS, 1996). Tripp is editor of Contemporary Egypt: Through Egyptian Eyes(Routledge, 1993) and co-editor of Egypt under Mubarak (Routledge, 1989) and The Iraqi Aggression Against Kuwait (Westview, 1996). He is currently completing a book examining the "Politics of Resistance in the Middle East."