Dr. Paola Maria Raunio

Dr. Paola Maria Raunio

Assistant Professor, Homeland Security Program

Dr. Paola M. Raunio is an Assistant Professor of Homeland Security at Rabdan Academy. She previously worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations at the University of Sharjah, UAE and as a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Philosophy, Contemporary History and Political Science at the University of Turku, Finland.

  • PhD in International Relations, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland, UK, 2014
  • MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies, SOAS, London, UK, 2008
  • MA Honours in International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, UK, 2007.
  • Transnational Threats
  • Transnational Organized Crime
  • U.S. foreign policy making in the Middle East
  • Homeland security
  • Regional security of the GCC
  • Iran


  • ‘The Qatar crisis: A Regionalization of insecurity’ in Kristian Alexander and William Guéraiche (Eds.), Different Facets of Security in the United Arab Emirates (Routledge), forthcoming.
  • The Islamic State and the threat of terrorism in the twenty-first century Finland. Security Studies Anthology, Vol. IX (in Finnish). 2016.
  • ‘Authoritarian Resilience and International Linkages in Iran and Syria’ in Steve Heydemann and Reinoud Leenders (Eds.) Middle Eastern Authoritarianism: Governance, Contestation and Regime Resilience in Syria and Iran (Stanford, Stanford University Press). 2013.


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