Paul Danahar is the BBC’s Washington Bureau Chief and the author of The New Middle East: The World After the Arab Spring (2013).

Danahar was awarded an MBE in 2003 for his work as the Baghdad Bureau Chief during the American-led invasion. Prior to his present posting, he was theMiddle East Bureau Chief from 2010-2013, and he ran the organisation’s award-winning news coverage of the Arab Spring. He has also been the BBC’s East Asia Bureau Chief for three years, and previous to that he was the BBC’s South Asia Bureau Chief, covering the rise, fall and eventual return of the Taliban. He is one of a small number of journalists to have reported from all three countries that make up the so-called ‘Axis of Evil’: Iraq, Iran and North Korea.