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Kristian Ulrichsen - 1997

25 September 2015

Fellow for the Middle East, Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy


Houston, Texas


Higher Education

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  1. TRENDS Research & Advisory,
  2. James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy -- Rice University,
  3. Chatham House
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  1. London School of Economics,
  2. Gulf Centre for Strategic Studies
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  1. University of Cambridge
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My research examines political, economic, and security trends in the Middle East and, in particular, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states’ changing position within a global order itself in a state of flux following the global financial and economic crisis and a regional order facing the upheaval of the Arab Spring. It explores the nature of their engagement in reshaping international institutions and assesses the implications for structures of global governance. I currently am writing three books; one entitled Qatar and the Arab Spring, another entitled The Gulf States in International Political Economy, and the third entitled Kuwait: A Political History.

Author of:
The Logistics and Politics of the British Campaigns in the Middle East, 1914-1922 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)
Insecure Gulf: The End of Certainty and the Transition to the Post-Oil Era (Hurst/Columbia University Press, 2011)
The Transformation of the Gulf: Politics, Economics and the Global Order (Routledge, co-edited with David Held, 2011)
The Political Economy of Arab Gulf States (Edward Elgar Publishing, edited, 2012)
The First World War in the Middle East (Hurst, 2014)
Qatar and the Arab Spring (Oxford University Press, 2014)

Extensive archival and secondary research on the history and politics of the Middle East, particularly Iraq and the Arabian Peninsula

Specialties: History and politics of the Arabian Peninsula, modern history of Iraq, security studies, securitisation, political science, globalisation



Non-Resident Fellow -- Global Politics and International Relations

TRENDS Research & Advisory

July 2015 – Present (3 months)

TRENDS Research & Advisory is an independent and progressive research center, based in Abu Dhabi – UAE, building a global network of research associates. TRENDS aims to help improve policies and decision-making processes through rigorous research and analysis.


Fellow for the Middle East

James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy -- Rice University

June 2013 – Present (2 years 4 months)Houston, Texas Area

I am the Baker Institute fellow for the Middle East. Working across the disciplines of political science, international relations and international political economy, my research examines the changing position of the Gulf states in the global order, as well as the emergence of longer-term, nonmilitary challenges to regional security.

I have published extensively on the Gulf. My books include “Insecure Gulf: the End of Certainty and the Transition to the Post-Oil Era” (Columbia University Press, 2011) and “The Political Economy of Arab Gulf States” (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012). In addition, I am 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).

I currently am completing a book on Qatar and the Arab Spring, to be published by Oxford University Press in late-2014, and have been commissioned to write a textbook on the Gulf and international political economy. My articles have appeared several academic journals, and I consult regularly on Gulf issues for Oxford Analytica and the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre.


Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme

Chatham House

September 2012 – Present (3 years 1 month)London, United Kingdom

Contributing to the research of the MENA programme into political, economic, and security challenges in the Gulf

Authoring and peer-reviewing project reports, briefing papers, and articles for the Chatham House journal, International Affairs, as well as organizing and participating in conferences, workshops, and roundtables in London and the Middle East.


Research Advisor

Center for Innovative Government

December 2012 – Present (2 years 10 months)Riyadh

The Center for Innovative Government is a private new Saudi think tank that provides powerful solutions to improve government management |


Research Fellow

London School of Economics

March 2008 – May 2013 (5 years 3 months)

Research Fellow responsible for co-ordinating the research content and academic outreach of the Kuwait Research Programme alongside Professor David Held.

Duties include organising a monthly seminar series and a biennial international conference, commissioning and overseeing the Working Paper series, creating and maintaining academic networks with institutions in the Gulf States, and contributing to the academic and research output of the Global Governance centre at the LSE.
Course tutor and lecturer on GV4C2: Globalisation, Conflict and Post-Totalitarianism. Half unit available to students taking the MSc in Global Politics, Global Media and Communications, Comparative Politics, and Human Rights, January 2009 to present.

Member of the LSE Middle East Centre Research Group, February 2010 to present.

Senior Gulf Analyst

Gulf Centre for Strategic Studies

February 2006 – February 2008 (2 years 1 month)

Research and analysis focusing on the Gulf States and related Arab and international issues (political, military, security, social and economic); preparation of reports and monographs on issues of topical relevance, and for publication in the Centre’s quarterly academic journal, Gulf Affairs (Sho’oun Khalijiya).



University of Cambridge

PhD, History

2002 – 2005

Doctoral thesis entitled 'The logistics and politics of the British campaigns in the Middle East, 1914-1922'

Activities and Societies: Captain, Pembroke College basketball team 2002-3 Welfare Officer, Pembroke College, 2005-6


University of Cambridge

M.Phil, History

2001 – 2002

Ranked third in year out of more than 40 students with a mark of 76 for my dissertation entitled 'The history and politics of the Egyptian campaigns, 1915-1919'



BA, History

1997 – 2000

First-class honours

Campion School

High School

1987 – 1997

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