Tarek Cherkaoui is the Research Manager at the TRT World Research Centre. He is the author of The News Media at War: The Clash of Western and Arab Networks in the Middle East (London: I. B. Tauris, 2017). Cherkaoui is an expert in the field of strategic communications analysis with a career that spans a range of industries, including the creative industries, not-for-profit, and higher education. He holds a PhD in media and communication studies from Auckland University of Technology. His research interests include the international broadcasting media, public diplomacy, soft power, information control, media-military relations, political and military affairs – specifically within a Middle Eastern context.