Christopher M. Davidson


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    • Gulf Cooperation Council
    • Middle East Policy
    • Asian Affairs


Christopher M. Davidson, Fellow at the ECIA, is Reader in Middle East Politics at the University of Durham. He graduated in Modern History at King’s College, University of Cambridge, before taking his M.Litt and Ph.D in Political Science at the University of St. Andrews. Before joining Durham he was an Assistant Professor at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates, first on the Abu Dhabi campus, then in Dubai. Mr. Davidson is also a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and in 2009 was a Visiting Associate Professor at Kyoto University, Japan. He is a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations expert on the politics and development of the Gulf monarchies. His work has also been referred to by the UN’s High Commissioner on Refugees. Mr. Davidson has appeared on most major television and radio news bulletins, including the BBC, CNN, Sky, ABC, Al-Jazeera, Japan’s NHK, Bloomberg, ITV, Iran’s Press TV, Reuters TV, and NPR. His opinion editorials have appeared in The Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, Foreign Policy, the New Statesman, OpenDemocracy, and the Index on Censorship.

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Outreach Activities
After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies
The George Washington University – 8 Apr 2013
Government in the United Arab Emirates: Progress and Pathologies
in Abbas Kadhim (Eds.), “Governance in the Middle East and North Africa”, London: Routledge, 2012 – 14 Dec 2012
After the Sheikhs The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies
London: C. Hurst & Co. Publishers Ltd, 2012 – 5 May 2012
Power and Politics in the Persian Gulf Monarchies
New York: Columbia University Press, 2011 – 19 Sep 2011
Dubai’s Diversification: From Boom to Bust
Orient, Vol. 1, n. 52, 2011 – 19 May 2011
Gulf-Pacific Asia Linkages in the Twenty-First Century: A Marriage of Convenience?
in David Held and Kristian Ulrichsen, “The Transformation of the Gulf: Politics, Economics and the Global Order”, London: Routledge, 2011 – 19 Apr 2011
Persian Gulf-Pacific Asia Linkages in the Twenty-First Century: A Marriage of Convenience?
London School of Economics, n. 7, January 2010 – 27 Nov 2010
The Persian Gulf and Pacific Asia: From Indifference to Interdependence
New York: Columbia University Press, 2010 – 22 Nov 2010
Abu Dhabi: Oil and Beyond
New York: Columbia University Press, 2009 – 19 Jul 2009
Dubai: The Vulnerability of Success
New York: Columbia University Press, 2008 – 19 Sep 2008
Media Coverage
The Fall Of The Arab Sheikhs
The Huff Post Live – 20 May 2013
Why the Sheikhs Will Fall
Foreign Policy – 18 May 2013
Yes, the Gulf monarchs are in trouble
Foreign Policy – 13 Nov 2012
Christopher Davidson on Sky News: Dubai Debt in 2012
Jeff Randall Show, Sky News – 6 Feb 2012
Bahrain: the crisis of monarchy
OpenDemocracy – 25 Jul 2011
In Arab Spring chill, UAE tries bloggers
The Jerusalem Post – 20 Jun 2011
The Making of a Police State
Foreign Policy – 14 Apr 2011
Lords of the Realm
Foreign Policy – 21 Feb 2011
Bahrain on the edge
OpenDemocracy – 19 Oct 2010
Why Did the Dubai Bubble Burst?
Press Tv – 18 Dec 2009
Abu Dhabi surprise bailout of Dubai
Moneyweb Radio – 14 Dec 2009
Dubai’s crisis
Al-Jazeera – 4 Dec 2009
What is Dubai and who runs it?
BBC News – 27 Nov 2009
Dubai: Is the party over?
Al Jazeera English: Riz Khan – 19 May 2009
Dubai: spots on the sun
OpenDemocracy – 25 Jun 2008


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