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Dr. Kristian P. Alexander

Senior Fellow and Lead Researcher

Dr Kristian Alexander is a Senior Fellow and Lead Researcher at the Rabdan Security & Defense Institute. He is an adviser at Gulf States Analytics, a Washington-based geopolitical risk consultancy.

He previously worked as a Senior Fellow at Trends Research & Advisory and before that as an Assistant Professor at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dr Alexander is the co-editor of an edited volume on ‘Facets of Security in the United Arab Emirates’ (with William Gueraiche), Routledge. His papers have been published in numerous outlets, such as Middle East Institute, The Arab Gulf States Institute, Atlantic Council, Gulf International Forum, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Cambridge Middle East and North America Forum, Middle East Institute Singapore, the Institute for Security & Development Policy, Stimson Center, and many others. His research examines security related issues in the Middle East, with a particular interest in the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council.


    University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA PhD, Political Science (International Relations/Comparative Politics)

    Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany MA, Political Science, Minors in Psychology and Sociology

Teaching Areas

    “Introduction to International Relations”, “International Relations of the Gulf”, “Social & Economic Trends in the Gulf”, “Terrorism and Counterterrorism”, “Security Studies”, Graduate Program in Diplomacy and International Affairs at Zayed University, Abu Dhabi

Research Interests

    Security, Terrorism, GCC Politics, International Relations


Dr. Kristian P. Alexander
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