WASHINGTON, September 7, 2021 – The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce that Emma Soubrier and Paul Sullivan have joined the institute as non-resident fellows.
Emma Soubrier recently served as a visiting scholar with AGSIW. Her research focuses on the security strategies and foreign policies of the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, particularly the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, and the political economy of arms trade in the Gulf. Soubrier has published numerous articles and book chapters in French and English on Gulf security issues. Soubrier is a professorial lecturer and a visiting scholar at the Institute for Middle East Studies at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, where her class focuses on U.S. policy in the Gulf. She is an expert with the Forum on Arms Trade. As part of a research team with the World Peace Foundation (Tufts University), she is working on a project on “Defense Industries, Foreign Policy and Armed Conflict” funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Her forthcoming book, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates: Diverging Paths to Regional and Global Power (Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2022) is based on her PhD thesis, which received a Dissertation Award from the Institute for Higher National Defense Studies (France) in 2018.
Soubrier commented, “After two beautiful years as a visiting scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington where I have enjoyed working with such wonderful people and learning so much, I am delighted that I get to stay a part of the AGSIW family and I look forward to continuing our fruitful cooperation.”
AGSIW Executive Vice President William Roebuck said, “We are pleased to welcome Emma as a non-resident fellow. She was an extremely valued AGSIW contributor as a visiting scholar for the past two years, and I am confident she will continue to provide high-quality work focused on security strategies and foreign policies of Gulf countries.”
Paul Sullivan was a full professor at the National Defense University for over 22 years where he ran the Energy Industry Study program and taught industry analytics, economics of national security, and many electives and regional studies related to the Middle East and North Africa. He teaches classes on energy and environmental security at the Johns Hopkins University, and he has taught at Georgetown University, the American University in Cairo, and Yale University. He is also a senior research associate at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies and a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. His present research interests include the U.S.-Asia-MENA energy nexus, human security, security and resilience aspects of climate change and the environment, the energy transition, practical energy economics and policies for future changes, cyber and other security issues for energy and natural resources, U.S.-MENA relations, and many other topics.
Sullivan said, “I am honored to join AGSIW. I look forward to working with my new colleagues on timely and important issues where we could make a difference.”
Roebuck said, “We are delighted to welcome Paul as a non-resident fellow at AGSIW. He brings deep substantive expertise on energy, environment, and human security and a wealth of regional expertise that, taken together, will be a huge asset for the institute.”
The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW), launched in 2015, is an independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to providing expert research and analysis of the social, economic, and political dimensions of the Gulf Arab states and key neighboring countries and how they affect domestic and foreign policy. AGSIW focuses on issues ranging from politics and security to economics, trade, and business; from social dynamics to civil society and culture. Through programs, publications, and scholarly exchanges the institute seeks to encourage thoughtful debate and inform the U.S. foreign-policy, business, and academic communities regarding this critical geostrategic region.