Oman’s established links to both Tehran and the political leadership of Yemen’s Houthi insurgents – clearly valued by the administration of former President Barack Obama – may be seen now as reasons to keep Oman at arm’s length.
Former Non-Resident Fellow
Sigurd Neubauer is a former non-resident fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. He specializes in U.S. policy toward the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf region. His expertise includes: Oman, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Persian Gulf security, inter-GCC dynamics, Arab-Israeli relations, and Afghanistan.
Neubauer is also an opinion columnist for Al Arabiya English where he writes about Middle East security, U.S. policy toward the Middle East, and occasionally U.S. politics. He is frequently quoted by the international media and has contributed to Al Jazeera, CNN, Fox News, Foreign Affairs, and The New York Times, among others. His work has also been translated into Arabic and Farsi.
He is a frequent lecturer at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute and has addressed a number of international conferences, including in Europe and the Middle East.
Neubauer has eight years of experience in the U.S. defense industry; he has worked for a northern Virginia defense consultancy since 2009.
He received his BA and MA from Yeshiva University in New York.
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