Gulf State Business

 Dr. Marc Valeri is Senior Lecturer in Political Economy of the Middle East and Director of the Centre for Gulf Studies at the University of Exeter

After a Master's Degree in Comparative Politics, with speciality on Arab and Muslim worlds, Marc Valeri received a PhD in 2005 from Sciences Po Paris. His work dealt with nation-building and political legitimacy in the Sultanate of Oman since 1970.

He was 'Jean Monnet' Fellow at the European University Institute of Florence (Italy) in 2005-2006 and then 'Marie Curie' Research Fellow at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS, University of Exeter) between 2007 and 2009. In 2009-10, he held a position of Teaching Fellow in politics and constitutional law at the University of La Rochelle (France) ans was concomitantly Honourary Research Fellow at the IAIS. In September 2010, he took up his current position at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies.

Currently his main areas of interest are the social, political and economic transformations in the Gulf monarchies. Another activity of research he is developing is the issues of stability and consolidation of authoritarianism in the Middle East, and more broadly the question of legitimacy in authoritarian and non-democratic regimes.

The full list of publications is available here.

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Gerd NONNEMAN is Dean of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar and Professor of International Relations & Gulf Studies.

Dr. Gerd Nonneman, Dean of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar, and Professor of International Relations & Gulf Studies , holds an M.A. in Middle East Politics (1985) and Ph.D in Politics (1993) from the University of Exeter. He also holds Licentiates in Oriental Philology (Arabic) (1980) and Development Studies (1981) from the University of Ghent, Belgium. 

Prior to his appointment as dean, he served as Professor of International Relations & Middle East Politics, and Al-Qasimi Professor of Gulf Studies at the University of Exeter, where he has also directed the Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies and the Center for Gulf Studies. A former Executive Director of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES), he is also a Council member of the World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES). Aside from his academic work, he has worked in the private sector in the Gulf region, and acted as a consultant to a range of companies, NGOs, governments and international institutions. 

Dean Nonneman is Associate Editor of the Journal of Arabian Studies (Routledge). 

Among his recent publications are: 'Al-Mamlaka Al-'arabiyya al-sa'udiyya fi-l-mizaniyya' [Saudi Arabia in the Balance] (updated Arabic edition: Beirut: Center for Arab Unity Studies, 2012); ‘Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States: Elite Politics, Street Protests and Regional Diplomacy’ (Chatham House, 2011); ‘Europe, the US, and the Gulf after the Cold War’, in V. Mauer & D. Möckli (eds.), 'European-American Relations and the Middle East: From Suez to Iraq' (Routledge, 2010); ‘Terrorism and Political Violence in the Middle East and North Africa: Drivers and Limitations’, in A. Siniver (ed.), 'International Terrorism post 9/11' (Routledge, 2010); ‘Political Reform in the Gulf Monarchies: From Liberalisation to Democratisation? A Comparative Perspective’, in A. Ehteshami & S. Wright (eds.), 'Reform in the Middle East Oil Monarchies' (Reading: Ithaca Press, 2008); 'Saudi Arabia in the Balance: Political Economy, Society, Foreign Affairs' (New York University Press, 2006); EU-GCC Relations, Gulf Papers Series (Gulf Research Center, 2006); and 'Analyzing Middle East Foreign Policies' (Routledge, 2005).

The full list of publications is available here.

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Prof. Mehran Kamrava is Professor and Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar.

He is the author of a number of journal articles and books, including, most recently, Qatar: Small State, Big Politics, The Modern Middle East: A Political History since the First World War, 3rd ed., and Iran’s Intellectual Revolution. His edited books include Beyond the Arab Spring: The Evolving Ruling Bargain in the Middle East, The International Politics of the Persian Gulf, The Political Economy of the Persian Gulf, and The Nuclear Question in the Middle East. 

The full list of publications is available here.

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Anastasia Nosova - Associate Research FellowAnastasia has acquired her BA degree in Asian and African Studies, with the specialization in the History of Arab Countries, at St. Petersburg State University, Russia. During her undergraduate studies, and particularly after a year abroad Arabic language training in Kuwait, she became interested in carrying out research on the Gulf states, and further did her Masters degree in Gulf Studies at the University of Exeter.

In 2012, Anastasia started her PhD in Political Science in London School of Economics, Department of Government. Her thesis is dedicated to the dynamics of political participation of the business sector in Kuwait, and she is also affiliated with LSE Kuwait Programme on Development, Governance and Globalisation in the Gulf.

The major sphere of Anastasia’s research is the analysis of state-business relations in Kuwait. Focusing on the last two decades of the country’s history, she intends to assess the current level of involvement of Kuwaiti business community representatives in politics, looking into the means of political influence and participation they utilise. The study is aimed to provide the basis for the understanding of the modern political economy and power mechanisms at work in the oil-rentier state of Kuwait, as well as the complex socioeconomic processes and the rise of new social forces that the country has been witnessing recently.

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Maria Njeim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Studies from the American University of Beirut, she studied international and regional politics, particularly Middle East politics. 

After launching her career, Maria became particularly interested in learning more about professional communication methods in a political setting. She continued her education focusing on political and crisis communication and received a Master’s degree in Strategic Communications from Washington State University.

Prior to being part of this project, Maria was working in the humanitarian field for the United Nations World Food Programme for the emergency response to the Syrian crisis operation in Lebanon. Her main responsibility was to ensure that the projects were being well implemented on the field level. Maria has also previous experience in political, social and economic research.

Her main role on this project is managing the administrative and the logistical arrangements for the team in Doha, in addition to providing research support.

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