~ This is a personal blog. All views expressed here however childish, intelligent, wrong, prescient, offensive or judicious are my own personal thoughts, prejudices, ideas, issues and assumptions. ~
For the best part of a decade now, I’ve been nurturing an academic, personal, and professional interest in the Persian Gulf region. This has entailed living, working, and researching throughout the states of the region as well as studying Arabic in Kuwait, Damascus, Cairo, Doha and Edinburgh.
I am currently working for King’s College London in the UK, having returned from Qatar in January 2015. In Doha, I worked for King’s first foreign outpost and, prior to that, I directed the Qatar office of the British security and defence think-tank the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).
Durham University awarded me a PhD in 2014 after several arduous full and part-time years of study. The fruits of these travails, my first book Qatar: Securing the Global Ambitions of a City State, will be published in 2015.
In terms of my wider background, I started out studying International Relations at the University of St. Andrews and went from there to Nottingham University to complete a Masters degree in Diplomacy. After this I decided to go abroad for a time. I arrived in Kuwait in September 2005 and left in May 2007. I taught in a British International School which was – to say the least – an enlightening experience. I also used Kuwait as a jumping off point to travel throughout the Levant and much of the Arabian Peninsula; to have a few wonderful holidays in Sri Lanka and Thailand; an underwhelming trip from Syria to Hungary via Italy; and an epic odyssey from Istanbul by car, boat, train, taxi, bus, bike, tractor and Llama to Shanghai via the ‘Stans. After obtaining a full PhD scholarship (thanks, CASAW) which included a stint in Cairo and Edinburgh, I disappeared to Qatar for nine months to research and continue Arabic studies at Qatar University before returning to the UK before returning to Qatar before returning to the UK once more.
If you’ve got some burning issue that you want to discuss privately, some praise so effusive that it’s not fit for public consumption or some criticism so venal that it’d clearly offend ordinary, up-standing readers of this here blog then send me an email at:
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