Gerald Butt, a former BBC Middle East Correspondent, is an analyst and writer on the Middle East. He is a regional adviser to Oxford Analytica and Petroleum Policy Intelligence and provides risk analysis for a number of firms with Mid East interests. Butt was born and brought up in the Middle East and is an Arabic speaker. He has reported on the area for four decades. He is the author of seven books on the region and is a frequent contributor of analysis articles to BBC News Online and reviews to the Times Literary Supplement. He is also the Middle East Correspondent of the Church Times.