Sigurd Neubauer

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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Why the Trump Administration Should Reconsider Oman

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.

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Succession in Oman: Clues But No Clarity

Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman appointed on March 2 Sayyid Assad bin Tariq al-Said as deputy prime minister for international cooperation. The appointment triggered immediate speculation among Western observers that Assad is being groomed to become Qaboos’ successor.

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Will Trump Preserve Obama’s Iran Policies?

Since winning the greatest political upset in modern American history, Donald Trump has since taken on the US defense industry by publicly questioning whether Boeing was overcharging the American taxpayer for its government contract to build the next version of Air Force One, the presidential jet.

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Will the U.S.-Russian Détente Benefit Syria?

This week’s terrorist attacks in Ankara, Berlin and Zurich underscore once again that Syria’s entrenched conflict extends well beyond Syria’s borders and that the failure to pursue a comprehensive political solution, which is required to bring the war to an end, is bound to increase the flow of refugees seeking a better future in Europe.

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Britain Seeks to Boost Defense Cooperation with GCC

The first British Prime Minister to ever address a Gulf Cooperation Council summit, Theresa May, pledged on Wednesday in the Bahraini capital, Manama, to enhance security and defense cooperation with the alliance.

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Mosul Operation: Why the Gulf States Remain Distrustful of Abadi’s Policies

In a radio address to the residents of Mosul on Tuesday October 4, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi pledged that the city would soon be liberated from ISIS.

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Saudi Presence at the UN: A Force to Confront Regional Conflicts

As the 71st United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) wraps up, it is time to reflect on the headline-grabbing speeches and powerful stances expressed by world leaders.

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Saudi Arabia and the G20: Assessing the National Transformation Plan?

The G20 summit got underway in China’s eastern city of Hangzhou on September 5, where the focus is expected to be on global economics and finance.

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Gulf States See Guantanamo Detainees As Policy Asset

In August, the United Arab Emirates agreed to accept 15 detainees released by the Obama administration from the U.S.

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Anti-ISIS Meeting: How Can the Coalition Boost Syria and Iraq Gains?

US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter hosted on Wednesday counterparts and senior military leaders from more than 30 nations at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, D.C.