Author: Ambassador Patrick Theros

Ambassador Patrick Theros

Ambassador Patrick Theros is a Strategic Adviser for Gulf International Forum. Previously he held positions as Political Advisor to the Commander in Chief, Central Command; Deputy Chief of Mission and Political officer in Amman; Charge D’affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission in Abu Dhabi; Economic Counselor in Damascus; and U.S. Ambassador to the State of Qatar. In a career spanning almost 36 years, he also has served in diplomatic positions in Beirut, Managua, Dharan and Abu Dhabi, as well as in the Department of State. During that period, he earned four Superior Honor Awards. After retirement Ambassador Theros served as President of the U.S. Qatar Business Council in 2000-2017.

GCC

Great Power Competition in the Gulf: America’s Primacy Will Endure—Unti...

U.S. – Gulf Policy

The question of what great power (or powers) will control the Gulf region in the...

Qatar

“Major Non-NATO Ally”: What did Qatar Get in Washington?

U.S. – Gulf Policy

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Qatar’s emir, met with President Joe Biden at the White...

UAE

What is the UAE’s Endgame with Iran?

Geopolitics

Observers in both the West and the Middle East erupted with speculation at the news...

GCC

U.S. Foreign Policy in the Gulf: Unpredictability is not Policy

U.S. – Gulf Policy

The buzz in Washington, DC Middle East think tanks and in Gulf capitals revolves, as...

GCC

After Taliban Victory, What Next for the Gulf?

Geopolitics

The rapid series of events over the past weeks in Afghanistan, culminating in total victory...

GCC

How Instability in Afghanistan Endangers the Gulf

Geopolitics

Since 1979, the Gulf states have tended to view Afghanistan as a distant country of...

GCC

The Gulf is in Flux About Israel-Palestine

Geopolitics

After eleven bloody days of warfare between the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and the Gaza-based...

KSA

The Old Saudi-US Relationship Is No More. What Next?

U.S. – Gulf Policy

No one appeared to have grasped in the early days after Biden took his oath...

Yemen

Designating Houthis as an FTO: A Minefield Kills Innocent People

U.S. – Gulf Policy

One day before the inauguration of President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...

GCC

What the Al-Ula GCC Summit Has (and Has Not) Accomplished

Geopolitics

Did Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s embrace of Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamid...

UAE

Arms Sale in the Balance: Will the F-35 Fly in the UAE?

Defense & Security

The normalization of relations that President Trump brokered between Israel and two states, Bahrain and...

UAE

What’s In It for the UAE in Agreement with Israel?

Geopolitics

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince (and de facto ruler of the UAE) Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed...

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