Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Ph.D., is a Baker Institute fellow for the Middle East at Rice University. 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 book is The Gulf States in International Political Economy, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015. Currently, he is completing a book entitled The United Arab Emirates: Power, Politics, and Policymaking for Routledge for publication in late 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.