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Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

Fellow for the Middle East | Co-Director, Middle East Energy Roundtable


Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Ph.D., is a fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute and co-director of the Middle East Energy Roundtable. 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 and as co-director of the Kuwait Program on Development, Governance and Globalization in the Gulf States at the London School of Economics.

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” (Hurst & Co., 2011), “The Gulf States in International Political Economy” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), “The United Arab Emirates: Power, Politics, and Policymaking” (Routledge, 2016), and “Qatar and the Gulf Crisis” (Oxford University Press, 2020), and, most recently, “Centers of Power in the Arab Gulf States” (Hurst & Co., 2023). Coates Ulrichsen’s articles have appeared in numerous academic journals, including Global Policy and the Journal of Arabian Studies, and Third World Quarterly and he consults regularly on Gulf issues for government and private sector agencies around the world. Coates Ulrichsen holds a doctorate in history from the University of Cambridge.

Contact at kc31@rice.edu or 206-915-8028.