Rachel Aspden is a former literary editor of the New Statesman and now works at The Guardian. She has written on the Middle East, India, Pakistan, and South Africa for the New Statesman, The Guardian, Observer, Prospect, and New York Review of Books. She lived in Cairo from 2003–2005 and 2012–2015. In 2010 she was awarded a yearlong travel fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to research activists working to counter extremism within Islam. She is currently based in London.