Chair of the State of Qatar for Islamic Area Studies and Visiting Professor, School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University
Abdullah Baabood is an academic from Oman with wide regional and international experience. He is a graduate in business studies and international relations and holds an MBA, an MA in international relations, and a PhD in international political economy from the University of Cambridge. Baabood has taught and carried out research at different universities and institutions throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States. Among his many posts, he was a visiting professor at the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore and a visiting professor at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Qatar. He was previously the director of the Gulf Studies Program at the Gulf Studies Center at Qatar University and director of the Gulf Research Centre at the University of Cambridge.
His teaching and research interests focus on international relations and international political economy, especially globalization and regionalism. His areas of focus are the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, their economic, social, and political development, and their external and geopolitical relations. Baabood is a member of numerous international research institutions and think tanks. He holds various senior roles including board membership at several academic organizations and is an advisor to global research programs. He also consults on international business and international relations, and participates in track II diplomacy and conflict resolution. He has published widely and is frequently invited to speak at international conferences and seminars as well as various media programs.