Jason Burke has been a foreign correspondent for more than 20 years. He studied history at Oxford university before spending several years on local and national newspapers in the UK. In 1991, he spent time with kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq, an experience which sparked a deep interest in the Middle East, and the Islamic world. In 1998, Jason headed to Pakistan to cover that country and Afghanistan as a freelancer.
Since, he's worked, lived or reported across South Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, covering conflicts, including those in Sierra Leone and Liberia in the late 1990s, in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 1998 to the present day, Iraq between 2003 and 2006, insurgency in Kashmir from 1999 to 2015 and violence in Israel-Palestine from 1999 to 2013. Jason has worked extensively on Islamic militancy, which is the main subject of two of his four critically acclaimed books. He has contributed to many academic journals and publications in the topic, and spoken about it at RUSI, Scotland Yard, the French foreign ministry, the British Army and elsewhere. Jason's first book, al-Qaeda, was credited with significantly influencing the view of radical Islamic violence in the aftermath of 2001, while The 9/11 Wars was a book of the year for the Economist and the Independent. His most recent book - the New Threat from Islamic Militancy - was shortlisted for the Orwell prize, and received favourable reviews in many British newspapers, as well as respected specialist publications such as Foreign Affairs.
Jason has won an Amnesty award, among others, for his journalism, and is a frequent commentator on radio and TV.