Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

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Kristian Coates Ulrichsen is a fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston.

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, non-military 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.

Areas of expertise

  • Political evolution of Arab Gulf monarchies
  • Changing patterns of internal and external security in the Gulf
  • The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the global economy
  • Impact of Arab Spring upheavals in the Gulf
  • Country expertise on Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates

Past experience

2013 - Kuwait Fellow, Baker Institute
Visiting Fellow, Middle East Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science 
2008 - 13Kuwait Research Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science
2006 - 08Senior Analyst, Gulf Centre for Strategic Studies