Kevjn Lim researches foreign and security policy in the context of the wider Middle East, Central Asia and China. He is also consulting analyst for IHS Markit focusing on political risk in the Middle East region, senior analyst for the UK-based Open Briefing: The Civil Society Intelligence Agency, and a doctoral candidate in International Relations and Strategy at Tel Aviv University’s Political Science Department, researching Iranian grand strategy and International Relations theory (“Between crusade and crisis: state power, petty politics and grand strategy in post-Revolutionary Iran, 1988-2017”).

Between 2007-2011, Kevjn served as delegate with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) with postings in the Palestinian West Bank, Sudan’s Darfur region, Iraq, Gaddhafi’s Libya and Afghanistan, handling issues linked to the protection of the civilian population in the context of International Humanitarian Law, networking with non-state actors and armed militias, and assessing humanitarian needs. In 2013, he was Turkey representative with the Syria Needs Analysis Project/Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS/NRC), responsible for analysis of the northern Syrian governorates and the civil war’s impact on Turkey. He previously also served as officer in the Singapore Armed Forces.

Kevjn holds an MA in Security Studies (Summa Cum Laude) from Tel Aviv University with a dissertation on grand strategic adjustments in Iran and a BA Hons (First Class) from the University of Melbourne in Australia, with an Honours thesis on the electoral and organizational weakness of Israel’s center parties (co-supervised by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem).

His work has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and National Security, Israel Affairs, Comparative Strategy, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Jane’s Intelligence Review, the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and the National Interest, among others, and he is the author of Grand strategic adjustments in post-Revolutionary Iran: a neoclassical realist account (Tel Aviv University Press, 2016), most recently presented at Symposia Iranica’s Third Biennial Conference at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge (11-12 April 2017). Kevjn is fluent in Arabic, Hebrew, Mandarin Chinese, Persian, French, Italian and Spanish; and conversant in Romanian and Turkish.

Photo: Kaya Stok/Kevjn Lim, 2013