Mais Al-Bayaa is an Emmy and Robert F. Kennedy award winning British Iraqi producer director focusing on the Middle East. She has a masters degree in Human Rights and International Law from Kingston University in the United Kingdom. Mais has covered the humanitarian crisis and the political changes in the Arab world since 2003 with focus on Iraq and Syria and has a reputation for investigations and work in hostile environments for International print and broadcast outlets like the Guardian, Channel 4, BBC, PBS Frontline and others. She produced investigative documentaries like ISIS and the battle for Iraq for Channel4, Undercover with the clerics; Iraq secret sex trade for BBC and PBS Frontline and directed the film Bahrain: Breaking the silence for BBC Arabic.
On 20 February 2020, a remarkable article by Sirajuddin Haqqani appeared in The New York Times. Coming just days before the signing by the United States and the Taliban movement of a bilateral ‘Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan’, the essay was full of beautiful thoughts: ‘Everyone has lost somebody they loved. Everyone is tired […]
Twenty years after the 9/11 attacks in the US, the impact of jihadist organisations abroad continues to loom in Southeast Asia. The Islamic State energised a resurgence of militant activity in Indonesia and the Philippines from the mid-2010s, and the Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan appears to have sent a psychological boost during a period of […]
Counter-Terrorism After 9/11 is a podcast series exploring how counter-terrorism has changed in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. In our premiere episode, we speak to Frank Straub, Director of the Center for Mass Violence Response Studies at the US National Police Foundation. Twenty years ago, Frank was a first responder […]