Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
Title: Fellow for the Middle East
Office Phone: (206) 915-8028
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 books include “The Gulf States in International Political Economy” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and “The United Arab Emirates: Power, Politics, and Policymaking” (Routledge, 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
- 09/05/2017 - Energy and Economic Diversification Policy Roundtable
- 04/16/2014 - Trajectories of Change: Challenge and Transformation in the Wake of the Arab Spring
- 12/19/2018 - Energy & Politics in the Persian Gulf
- 08/25/2020 - Gulf States & the Middle East Peace Process
- 08/14/2020 - UAE gambles on a shaky promise
- 08/12/2020 - Can a Revamped Government Steer the UAE Through the Pandemic?
- 08/10/2020 - A look at the standoff, from both sides
- 06/18/2020 - WTO ruling's effect on Qatar-Saudi relations
- 05/19/2020 - Yemenis Are Left Alone to Face Covid-19
- 05/14/2020 - The 'New' Saudi Arabia
- 03/03/2020 - Will the coronavirus cancel Dubai Expo 2020?
- 02/25/2020 - Rebalancing Regional Security in the Persian Gulf
- 12/19/2019 - A Wind-down of the Gulf Crisis with Qatar?
- 09/19/2019 - MBS & religious authority, reform in Saudi Arabia
- 11/12/2018 - Remembering World War I in the Middle East
- 07/27/2018 - New perspectives from the Gulf
- 07/18/2018 - Fresh Perspectives from the GCC
- 06/07/2018 - The Gulf Impasse One Year Later
- 04/10/2018 - U.S. mediation in GCC dispute
- 04/05/2018 - Economic Inclusion in GCC States: Findings from an Expert Survey
- 03/23/2018 - Kuwait's Growing Gulf Security Role
- 03/05/2018 - UK's Hopes for Crown Prince's Trip
- 01/09/2018 - The GCC Crisis: Regional Realignment or Paralysis?
- 01/03/2018 - Is Mohammed bin Salman Really a Reformer?
- 12/06/2017 - The Qatar Crisis In An Age Of Alternative Facts
- 11/10/2017 - Future Has Arrived for Saudi Prince
- 11/06/2017 - What happened in Saudi Arabia?
- 09/12/2017 - Can the GCC survive the crisis?
- 08/14/2017 - U.S. interests & the Qatar standoff
- 08/11/2017 - Future of Kuwait-Iran relations
- 06/30/2017 - Implications of the Qatar Crisis for Regional Security in the Gulf
- 06/22/2017 - Is the GCC Worth Belonging To?
- 06/22/2017 - Who is Saudi Arabia's new crown prince?
- 06/15/2017 - Explainer: What's happening in Qatar
- 06/12/2017 - Foreign Policy Changes in the UAE
- 06/06/2017 - Diplomatic Crisis in the Gulf
- 06/01/2017 - What's going on with Qatar?
- 04/21/2017 - Gulf States Are Turning to Asia
- 04/18/2017 - Emerging Contours of Trump's Mideast Policy
- 02/17/2017 - Can Saudi Arabia Bridge Its Generation Gap?
- 01/23/2017 - Trump & a post-American Mideast
- 12/13/2016 - The United Arab Emirates: Power, Politics & Policymaking
- 12/05/2016 - U.S. Relations with the GCC
- 09/19/2016 - Improved ties between Israel, GCC
- 07/13/2016 - Theresa May, Britain's new prime minister
- 06/28/2016 - What Brexit Means for the GCC
- 06/26/2016 - Brexit: A British Perspective
- 06/13/2016 - Policymaking in an Age of Austerity
- 06/01/2016 - Economic reform in the Arab Gulf
- 03/17/2016 - Pushing the Limits: The Changing Rules of Kuwait’s Politics
- 02/13/2016 - The UAE's evolving power dynamics
- 01/19/2016 - U.S., GCC divided on Iran agreement
- 01/04/2016 - Iran-Saudi crisis 'most dangerous for decades'
- 11/02/2015 - The 2015 Doha Conference: Findings from the Student-led Public Diplomacy Program
- 08/28/2015 - Saudi Arabia's new financial strategy
- 07/24/2015 - The Gulf's Mixed Response to Iran
- 06/01/2015 - Can Gulf carriers sustain their rapid growth?
- 05/08/2015 - Gulf States & the Global Economy
- 09/16/2014 - The Gulf States and Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Resolution
- 12/09/2014 - WWI's Shadow Over the Middle East
- 05/09/2014 - U.S., Asia & Mideast Interests Converge
- 10/16/2013 - French Arms Sales
- 10/29/2013 - Qatar's Arab Spring Policies
- 12/10/2013 - Dialogue, Summit ... Action?
- 01/01/2014 - Humanitarian crisis and political impasse in Syria
- 04/22/2014 - Don't Overestimate the Iran-Oman Embrace
- 04/16/2014 - Rebooting Trade Between the Gulf States and China
- 09/28/2020 - Anti-Qatar lobby erodes U.S. press freedom with AJ+ ruling
- 08/31/2020 - Using Religion for Geopolitical Ends in the Gulf
- 09/11/2013 - Foreign policy implications of the new emir’s succession in Qatar
- 12/19/2013 - The Gulf Goes Global: the Evolving Role of Gulf Countries in the Middle East and North Africa and Beyond
- 01/02/2014 - Iran nuclear deal a game changer for U.S.-Israeli relations?
- 01/08/2014 - The Gulf States and the Rebalancing of Regional and Global Power
- 01/17/2014 - The Persian Gulf States and Afghanistan: Regional Geopolitics and Competing Interests
- 02/26/2014 - The Arab Spring and the changing balance of global power
- 09/28/2020 - The U.S. Must Support Sudan’s Path to Democracy