Abdel Bari Atwan was born in Gaza, Palestine and has lived in London since 1979.
He is the former editor of London-based 'al-Quds al-Arabi', an independent, pan-Arab daily newspaper, from 1989 to June 2013. He is the author of 'The Secret History of al-Qa'ida', 'A Country of Words', his memoir, and a new book, published on 3 October 2012, 'After bin Laden: al-Qa'ida, the Next Generation'.
He is a regular contributor to a number of UK, US, Middle Eastern and Turkish publications including 'The Guardian', 'The Scottish Herald', 'Gulf News' and 'Star Gazet'.
His, often controversial, opinions are frequently sought by print and broadcast journalists the world over.
He is well-known for his lively and passionate debating style and is a frequent guest on radio and television, including regular stints on the BBC's 'Dateline London'.
Atwan also lectures worldwide and contributes to international conferences on a regular basis.