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.

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...

GCC

Helping Lebanon Help Itself

Geopolitics

Bill Mauldin, an American World War II military journalist, reported in the thick of the...

GCC

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

Geopolitics

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 Withdraw...

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 Rubi...

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;...

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