Athol Yates

Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Khalifa University, UAE 

Athol Yates teaches at the Institute for International and Civil Security at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, which offers a master’s degree for Emirati security professionals. He teaches civil security, covering professional security practice, internal security, and disaster management. His current research is on the security services of the United Arab Emirates and former Trucial States, including the Dubai Police, Abu Dhabi Police, Abu Dhabi Defence Force, Ras Al Khaimah Mobile Force, Dubai Defence Force, Sharjah National Guard, Umm Al Quwain National Guard, Union Defence Force, and the UAE Armed Forces. Previously, he was a senior fellow at the University of Melbourne’s department of infrastructure engineering. Yates major recent publications are: The Evolution of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates (2020), Naval Force of Abu Dhabi 1967-1976 (2019), and The Military and Police Forces of the Trucial States and United Arab Emirates 1951-1980 (2018). Yates received his PhD in public policy from Australian National University, an MA in public policy from Australian National University, a graduate diploma in Soviet studies from the University of Melbourne and a bachelor’s in engineering from Monash University.