Author: Dr. Courtney Freer

Dr. Courtney Freer

Dr. Courtney Freer is a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at Gulf International Forum and Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at Emory University. Previously, Dr. Freer was Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre. From 2015-2020, Courtney was a Research Officer for the Kuwait Programme at the LSE Middle East Centre. Her work focuses on the domestic politics of the Gulf states, particularly the roles played by Islamism and tribalism. Her book Rentier Islamism: The Influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in Gulf Monarchies, based on her DPhil thesis at the University of Oxford and published by Oxford University Press in 2018, examines the socio-political role played by the Muslim Brotherhood groups in Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. She previously worked at the Brookings Doha Center and the US–Saudi Arabian Business Council. Courtney holds a BA from Princeton University in Near Eastern Studies and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the George Washington University.  

Kuwait

Lessons from the Past: Overcoming The Dissolution of the Kuwaiti Parliament

Politics & Governance

On May 10, Kuwaiti Amir Shaykh Mishaal al-Ahmed al-Sabah announced the dissolution of the country’s...

Kuwait

Kuwait’s Legislative Stalemate and Prospects for Reform

Politics & Governance

On April 4, Kuwait held its fourth parliamentary elections in as many years. This vote...

Kuwait

From Amir of Pardons to a New Vision: Charting Kuwait’s Political Tra...

Politics & Governance

Kuwaiti Amir Shaykh Nawaf al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah passed away last week following a nearly three-year...

Kuwait

Sunni Islamist Reactions to the Iranian Revolution: The Case of Kuwait

Politics & Governance

At the time of the Iranian Revolution in 1979, Kuwait was embroiled in its own...

Kuwait

Kuwait Parliamentary Elections: Rethinking the Meaning of “Opposition”

Politics & Governance

As Kuwaitis prepare to go to the polls on June 6th for the country’s second...

Kuwait

New Faces, New Elections, Unchanging System in Kuwait

Politics & Governance

Having announced that a new cabinet would be formed and parliament dissolved at the end...

Kuwait

Kuwait’s Disunited Opposition Finds Grilling Ministers Its Only Way to Fight Back

Politics & Governance

It is well-documented in existing scholarship that Kuwait’s political system has been in a state...

Brexit and the Gulf Cooperation Council: What Next?

Economy & Innovation

The recent UK Supreme Court ruling against Boris Johnson has led to renewed discussions concerning...

GCC and Russia beyond Syria

Geopolitics

Since 2011, discussions of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)-Russia relations have been dominated by their diverging...

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