Author: Dr. Dania Thafer

Dr. Dania Thafer

Dr. Dania Thafer is the Executive Director of Gulf International Forum. Her area of expertise is on the Gulf region’s geopolitics, US-Gulf relations, and the political economy of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. She is also a Professorial Lecturer at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University. Dr. Thafer been widely published on matters concerning the Arab Gulf states including several articles and publications. She has co-authored two edited books “The Arms Trade, Military Services and the Security Market in the Gulf States: Trends and Implications” and “The Dilemma of Security and Defense in the Gulf Region”. Dr. Thafer is currently writing a book focused on the effect of state-business relations on economic reform in the GCC states. Previously, she worked at the National Defense University’s Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies. Dr. Thafer has a master’s degree in Political Economy from New York University, and PhD specialized in the Political Economy and International Relations of the GCC states from American University in Washington, DC.


The GCC on U.S. Elections: Some Wary of U.S. Reset, Others Welcome It

U.S. – Gulf Policy

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The Gulf Region has Lost its Greatest Mediator

Politics & Governance

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Innovation is Born out of Crisis: The GCC Must Capitalize on this Moment

Economy & Innovation

Joseph Schumpeter argued that the entrepreneur generates “creative destruction” as innovation causes modes of thought,...


Succession in Oman can Threaten Gulf Stability & U.S. Interests

Politics & Governance

The looming succession in Oman could affect not only domestic stability, but also change the...


Drone Strike in Saudi Arabia Potentially Broadens Perception of Iranian Threat

Defense & Security

Over the course of the Trump Presidency, there has been one crucial variable missing in...

Disingenuous or Not: Reforms in the Gulf Still Offer Opportunities for Women


While the virtuousness of the underlying reasoning is up for debate, the last ...


The Gulf’s Impending Demographic Dividend

Politics & Governance

The Arab Gulf states have reached a critical juncture in which key decisions ...


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