Helle Malmvig is Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS). Her research interests are in the areas of Middle East regional security, Syria, identity politics, securitisation theory, discourse analysis and governmentality. She is the author of several articles and books, among them State Sovereignty and Intervention: A Discourse Analysis of Interventionary and Non-interventionary Practices in Kosovo and Algeria(Routledge, 2011); “Free Us from Power: Governmentality, Counter-Conduct and Simulation in European Democracy and Reform-Promotion in the Arab World”, International Political Sociology, Vol. 8, No. 3 (2014); and “Power, Identity and Securitization in Middle East: Regional Order after the Arab Uprisings”, Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 19, No. 1 (2014). Currently Malmvig is writing on the securitisation of sectarian politics in the Middle East.