Menu Close

Nicolai Due-Gundersen

Lecturer and Political Analyst, Kingston University

Dr Nicolai Due-Gundersen is Lecturer for the United Nations after four years living in the Middle East, including Jordan, Turkey and Kuwait. He is author of The Privatization of Warfare (Cambridge: Intersentia), which discusses mercenaries in Iraq. Much of his research focuses on non-democratic and other types of political legitimacy. He is frequently in media, including Al Jazeera, CGTN and China Radio International. His articles are published by Middle East Eye, Open Democracy, The Conversation and International Policy Digest.


  • 2020–present
    Lecturer, United Nations
  • 2016–2020
    PhD Candidate, Kingston University London
  • 2016–2016
    Lecturer, Business English and Research Methods, Oval Training Center, Jordan
  • 2012–2013
    Researcher, Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Centre


  • 2014 
    Qasid Arabic Institute, Jordan, Modern Standard Arabic Level 3
  • 2012 
    Geneva School of Diplomacy, MA International Relations


  • 2022
    Defending Dictatorship, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2016
    The Privatization of Warfare, Intersentia: Cambridge