It is my absolute pleasure to write a reference for Elyes. I knew Elyes as lecturer on the course Introduction to the History of South East Asia at SOAS University of London, and then as convenor of two modules on ethnic conflict when Elyes returned to study for a MA degree with us. Elyes was an outstanding student in many ways. He is quiet and unassuming and sometimes people can initially underestimate his intellect because of this when they first meet him. However, he has written some of the best essays I have seen from an undergraduate on these subjects, and his work at graduate level showed real sophistication in his thinking and the development of the ideas. I believe that he will therefore make an excellent tutor/teacher. He lacks the brash arrogance that can sometimes characterise the very bright, appearing instead a very approachable and modest young man with his feet firmly on the ground. Yet this is backed up by a really incisive mind that will enable him to encourage and support learning - and to gain the respect of his students - in a compassionate and directed way. I strongly support his application and hope that you will be able to employ Elyes in this capacity. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require further information about any of the comments I have made.