David B. Roberts

Non-Resident Fellow

David B. Roberts is an assistant professor in the School of Security Studies at King’s College London. Previously, he was the director of the Qatar office of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI Qatar). His primary research interest focuses on the security and international relations of the Gulf Arab monarchies. Roberts is the author of Qatar: Securing the Global Ambitions of a City-State. He obtained his PhD from Durham University.

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Qatar Shuffles Back to the Future

Qatar’s recent Cabinet reshuffle and announcement it will withdraw from OPEC are decisions that are not likely to herald a strategic shift in the country’s direction, but they do demonstrate that Doha is, once again, pursuing its own regional interests.

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Qatar, Turkey, and the Politics and Perils of Reciprocity

With Turkey’s economic woes, Qatar has leapt to its aid, but sitting uncomfortably between two critical allies, Ankara and Washington, Doha must tread carefully.

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UAE Embrace of Islah Marks Major Shift in Yemen

Once upon a time, Qatar was the small Gulf monarchy exerting influence around the Middle East and North Africa.

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Securing the Qatari State

Challenges have now emerged from Qatar’s three closest neighbors that are testing its two-pronged security modus operandi.

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Qatar Coming to Grips with New Realities of Global Energy Markets

In recent decades, surging demand and relatively limited supply has created a climate for Qatar to exploit its huge gas resources and consequent economies of scale to bestride the market.