Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
Title: Fellow for the Middle East
Office Phone: (206) 427-8042
My current research examines political, economic and security trends in the Middle East and, in particular, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states’ changing position within the global order. It explores the nature of the Gulf States' engagement in reshaping international institutions and assesses the implications for structures of global governance. I am currently am writing two books: "Qatar and the Arab Spring" and "The Gulf States in International Political Economy." A third book, "The First World War in the Middle East," was published in June 2014.
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Ph.D., is a Baker Institute fellow for the Middle East. Working across the disciplines of political science, international relations and international political economy, his research examines the changing position of Persian Gulf states in the global order, as well as the emergence of longer-term, nonmilitary challenges to regional security. Previously, he worked as senior Gulf analyst at the Gulf Center for Strategic Studies between 2006 and 2008 and as co-director of the Kuwait Program on Development, Governance and Globalization in the Gulf States at the London School of Economics (LSE) from 2008 until 2013.
Coates Ulrichsen has published extensively on the Gulf. His books include “Insecure Gulf: the End of Certainty and the Transition to the Post-Oil Era” (Columbia University Press, 2011) and “Qatar and the Arab Spring” (Oxford University Press, 2014). In addition, he is the author of “The Logistics and Politics of the British Campaigns in the Middle East, 1914-22” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and “The First World War in the Middle East” (Hurst & Co, 2014). His most recent book is “The Gulf States in International Political Economy,” published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015. Currently, he is completing a book entitled “The United Arab Emirates: Power, Politics, and Policymaking” for Routledge for publication in late 2016. Coates Ulrichsen’s articles have appeared in numerous academic journals, including Global Policy and the Journal of Arabian Studies, and he consults regularly on Gulf issues for Oxford Analytica and the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Center. He also writes regularly for the Economist Intelligence Unit, Open Democracy, and Foreign Policy, and authors a monthly column for Gulf Business News and Analysis.
Coates Ulrichsen holds a doctorate in history from the University of Cambridge.
my research and publications
- 02/17/2017 - Can Saudi Arabia Bridge Its Generation Gap?
- 02/26/2014 - The Arab Spring and the changing balance of global power
- 01/17/2014 - The Persian Gulf States and Afghanistan: Regional Geopolitics and Competing Interests
- 01/08/2014 - The Gulf States and the Rebalancing of Regional and Global Power
- 01/02/2014 - Iran nuclear deal a game changer for U.S.-Israeli relations?
- 12/19/2013 - The Gulf Goes Global: the Evolving Role of Gulf Countries in the Middle East and North Africa and Beyond
- 09/11/2013 - Foreign policy implications of the new emir’s succession in Qatar
- 04/16/2014 - Rebooting Trade Between the Gulf States and China
- 04/22/2014 - Don't Overestimate the Iran-Oman Embrace
- 01/01/2014 - Humanitarian crisis and political impasse in Syria
- 12/10/2013 - Dialogue, Summit ... Action?
- 10/29/2013 - Qatar's Arab Spring Policies
- 10/16/2013 - French Arms Sales
- 05/09/2014 - U.S., Asia & Mideast Interests Converge
- 12/09/2014 - WWI's Shadow Over the Middle East
- 09/16/2014 - The Gulf States and Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Resolution
- 05/08/2015 - Gulf States & the Global Economy
- 06/01/2015 - Can Gulf carriers sustain their rapid growth?
- 07/24/2015 - The Gulf's Mixed Response to Iran
- 08/28/2015 - Saudi Arabia's new financial strategy
- 11/02/2015 - The 2015 Doha Conference: Findings from the Student-led Public Diplomacy Program
- 01/04/2016 - Iran-Saudi crisis 'most dangerous for decades'
- 01/19/2016 - U.S., GCC divided on Iran agreement
- 02/13/2016 - The UAE's evolving power dynamics
- 03/17/2016 - Pushing the Limits: The Changing Rules of Kuwait’s Politics
- 06/01/2016 - Economic reform in the Arab Gulf
- 06/13/2016 - Policymaking in an Age of Austerity
- 06/26/2016 - Brexit: A British Perspective
- 06/28/2016 - What Brexit Means for the GCC
- 07/13/2016 - Theresa May, Britain's new prime minister
- 09/19/2016 - Improved ties between Israel, GCC
- 12/05/2016 - U.S. Relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council
- 12/13/2016 - The United Arab Emirates: Power, Politics & Policymaking
- 01/23/2017 - Trump & a post-American Mideast
- 04/16/2014 - Trajectories of Change: Challenge and Transformation in the Wake of the Arab Spring