Air power procurement in the Gulf is increasingly evolving in line with two key ambitions: power projection and economic diversification.
Emma Soubrier is a visiting scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. 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, including “Evolving Foreign and Security Policies: A Comparative Study of Qatar and the UAE,” in The Small Gulf States: Foreign and Security Policies, edited by Khalid Almezaini and Jean-Marc Rickli (Routledge 2016).
Soubrier was previously a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre Michel de l’Hospital, Université Clermont Auvergne (France) and a visiting scholar at the Institute for Middle East Studies at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. This opportunity was rendered possible by the “Ambassador” scholarship from the Directorate General for International Relations and Strategy (French Ministry of Defense). She worked for three and a half years at the French Ministry of Defense and for three years at Airbus Defence and Space.
Soubrier received her PhD in political science from the Université Clermont Auvergne in 2017 and holds an MA in international relations from Sorbonne University (Paris, France). In 2018, her PhD thesis received a Dissertation Award from the Institute for Higher National Defense Studies (France). In 2013, Soubrier was selected as a Young Strategist by the International Institute for Strategic Studies and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
The French president has a number of qualities that appeal to many Gulf leaders, which may help explain his recent success in bringing France, and Europe, to the forefront of different diplomatic initiatives in the region.
A joint statement issued by France, Germany, and the United Kingdom demonstrates the European commitment to the JCPOA and diplomacy with Iran.