WASHINGTON, September 9, 2019 – The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce that Emma Soubrier has joined the institute as a visiting scholar.
Before joining AGSIW, Soubrier served as 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. She worked for three and a half years at the French Ministry of Defense and for three years at Airbus Defence and Space. 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). She 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).
“Over the past four years, AGSIW has become a crucial establishment in hosting, producing, and disseminating excellent Gulf-focused research and analysis,” said Soubrier. “I am very grateful for the opportunity to work amid and with such a vibrant team of scholars, and I look forward to stimulating and fruitful debates to come.”
Ambassador Stephen A. Seche, AGSIW executive vice president, noted, “Adding Emma Soubrier to our ranks as a visiting scholar fills a need we’ve been trying to address for some time: how to enrich our publications and programs with the perspective of an acknowledged expert on issues related to defense and security, which are key considerations for Gulf states as they formulate policies designed to ensure their stability and that of the region.”
Soubrier’s 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. She is specifically interested in analyzing the evolving trends of arms trade in the Gulf. Her research at AGSIW will examine the interrelations between arms trade and shifting dynamics in the political economy of Gulf Arab countries, as well as their international relations with powers outside the region.
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.