Gerd Nonneman




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Gerd Nonneman is Professor of International Relations & Gulf Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar, where he served as Dean from 2011 to 2016. He holds a Ph.D in Politics from the University of Exeter, and Licentiates in Oriental Philology (Arabic) and Development Studies from the University of Ghent, Belgium.

Prior to his appointment at Georgetown, he served as Professor of International Relations & Middle East Politics, and Al-Qasimi Professor of Gulf Studies, at the University of Exeter, where he also directed the Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies and the Centre for Gulf Studies. A former Executive Director of BRISMES (British Society for Middle Eastern Studies), he is Editor of the Journal of Arabian Studies.

He has published widely (in some 12 books and 50 articles and book chapters) on the politics and international relations of the Middle East, on Muslim communities in Europe and on comparative political and economic liberalization.

Aside from his academic work, he has worked in the private sector in the Gulf region, and acted as a consultant to a range of companies, NGOs, governments and international institutions.

Among his recent publications are: Ruling Families and Business Elites in the Gulf Monarchies: Ever Closer? (Chatham House, 2016); Al-Mamlaka Al-'arabiyya al-sa'udiyya fi-l-mizan [Saudi Arabia in the Balance] (updated Arabic edition: Beirut: Center for Arab Unity Studies, 2012); ‘Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States: Elite Politics, Street Protests and Regional Diplomacy’ (Chatham House, 2011); ‘Europe, the US, and the Gulf after the Cold War’, in V. Mauer & D. Möckli (eds.), European-American Relations and the Middle East: From Suez to Iraq (Routledge, 2010); ‘Terrorism and Political Violence in the Middle East and North Africa: Drivers and Limitations’, in A. Siniver (ed.), International Terrorism post 9/11 (Routledge, 2010); ‘Political Reform in the Gulf Monarchies: From Liberalisation to Democratisation? A Comparative Perspective’, in A. Ehteshami & S. Wright (eds.), Reform in the Middle East Oil Monarchies (Reading: Ithaca Press, 2008); Saudi Arabia in the Balance: Political Economy, Society, Foreign Affairs (New York University Press, 2006); 'EU-GCC Relations', (Gulf Research Center, 2006); and Analyzing Middle East Foreign Policies (Routledge, 2005).


  • Ph.D. (1993) University of Exeter, Middle East Politics
  • MA (1985) University of Exeter, Middle East Politics
  • Licentiate (1981) University of Ghent, Development Studies
  • Licentiate (1980) University of Ghent, Oriental Philology (Arabic)


  • Arabic (speak, read)
  • Dutch (speak, read, write)
  • French (speak, read, write)
  • German (speak, read, write)