Author: Ambassador Patrick Theros

Ambassador Patrick Theros

Ambassador Theros has held such 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

Deadlock in Resolving the GCC Crisis: The Black Swan that Didn’t Fly

Politics & Governance

For its third year, the blockade of Qatar –which Doha has labeled the Gulf Crisis...

Iran

What is Going On Between Iran and the United States?

Defense & Security

A situation someplace between shadowboxing and Guns of August. On the one hand, the Secretary of...

GCC

COVID-19: Will it Make China Villain or Victor in the Gulf Region?

U.S. – Gulf Policy

How does China emerge from the COVID-19 crisis having been pilloried as the source of...

GCC

The Gulf & Its Foreign Security Guarantors: Lessons from Past Withdrawals for America’s Impending Absence

Defense & Security

President Trump has left little doubt that he would prefer to withdraw the American military...

Iran

The Killing of Iran’s Soleimani: Did the United States Cross the Rubicon?

Defense & Security

A missile strike killed Qassem Soleimani, the head of the elite Quds force in Iran’s...

Iran

We Should Have Seen It Coming

Defense & Security

We should have seen the box into which our actions against Iran have put us;...

Iran

Dealing with Iran: Trump’s Negotiating Formula Risks Unwanted War

Defense & Security

Wars don’t just happen; there is always an underlying cause. Sometimes a predator sees an...

The Khashoggi Affair: MbS, Trump & Erdogan

Politics & Governance

The firestorm surrounding the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi bodes ...

Iran

Two-thirds of the Triumvirate Out: What’s Next for the Gulf?

Within the last 10 days, President Donald Trump replaced his Secretary of State...

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