About Penelope Kinch, Ph.D.

Regional Information Manager, Middle East and North-East Africa

Penelope joined International SOS in 2010 as part of the joint venture with Control Risks. As Lead Analyst at the Global Information Centre in Delhi, India, she guided global travel security reporting and assessment for our 24/7 online service. After a period in the Singapore office managing the editing team, Penelope relocated to Dubai in January 2012 to take up the position of Regional Information Manager – Middle East and North-East Africa, as part of our Regional Security Center.

Penelope has a PhD in international relations from the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Australian National University; her PhD candidature was conducted under scholarship from the Australian government. Penelope’s doctoral specialisation was in the area of US-Iranian relations, on which subject she has published numerous articles and presented lectures, seminars and media commentaries. She also has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons 1) in history, Islamic studies and political science, for which she was awarded the Jean Oxley scholarship. Other research interests include the history of American intelligence operations, US politics, and the implications of Iranian foreign policy in the Gulf. Penelope speaks Farsi and French.

Preparing For Challenges: Uncertainty Remains in Egypt


Over the weekend, it was announced that Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammad Mursi was declared the winner of the presidential run-off election in Egypt. This announcement was a key part of the transition process that began more than a year ago when former president Hosni Mubarak was ousted.
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