Mr. Sholto Byrnes
Senior Fellow

Mr. Sholto Byrnes is a commentator and analyst with over 20 years’ experience in journalism at the national and international level. His past roles have included being Chief Interviewer and Columnist at the Independent, Senior Editor at the New Statesman, and Editor of Qatar Foundation’s quarterly international magazine.

He has reported from a variety of countries including the US, Malaysia and Indonesia, and his work has appeared in almost every major UK publication, as well as in newspapers around the world, from the Jakarta Globe and the South China Morning Post, to The National, Abu Dhabi, for which he writes a weekly International Affairs column. He has also provided television and radio commentary for the BBC and Al Jazeera.

He was awarded both his BA and MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford University, and has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts since 2009.

His interests include nation-building in Malaysia, established and emerging democracies in Muslim-majority countries, and Southeast Asian and international relations.

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