Christopher Davidson

Associate Fellow

Christopher joined the Henry Jackson Society as an associate fellow in May 2022.

Christopher Davidson is the author, most recently, of From Sheikhs to Sultanism: Statecraft and Authority in Saudi Arabia and the UAE (Hurst / OUP, 2021). His earlier works, most of which focus on the politics of the Arab Gulf states, include Dubai: The Vulnerability of Success; The United Arab Emirates: A Study in Survival; After the Sheikhs; The Persian Gulf and Pacific Asia; and Shadow Wars: The Secret Struggle for the Middle East.

He previously taught for twelve years at Durham University (as lecturer, senior lecturer, then reader) and, prior to that, for three years at Zayed University in the UAE. He has held visiting positions at Leiden University College in the Hague and Kyoto University in Japan, and in 2017 he was the Daoud Family Lecturer at Albion College, Michigan. He holds degrees from Cambridge (BA, MA) and St. Andrews (M.Litt, PhD).

Beyond academia, he has contributed to the Encyclopaedia Britannica and has written for the New York Times; Foreign Affairs; Foreign Policy; the Daily Telegraph; the Guardian; the Times Higher Education; and BBC Online. He has appeared on most major television and radio current affairs shows, including BBC Newsnight; BBC Radio 4’s Today and PM; CNN’s Connect the World; ABC’s Nightline; CNBC’s Capital Connection; and NPR’s All Things Considered. In Arabic, his articles have been published by a number of leading newspapers, with his September 2009 Al-Akhbar article, ‘The Great Dubai Crash’, known for presaging the November 2009 Dubai economic crisis.

He has delivered briefings for a range of organizations including the US Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research; the US Department of State’s Foreign Services Institute; the US National Intelligence Council; NATO Intelligence (‘Fusion’); British Intelligence (GCHQ); Britain’s Cabinet Office; Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office; the London Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command (SO15); the Royal College of Defence Studies; the New Zealand and Canadian intelligence services; the New Zealand, Canadian, Swedish, and Netherlands foreign ministries; the Swedish Institute for International Affairs; British Petroleum; Royal Dutch Shell; the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project; and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2016 he gave oral evidence on Britain’s Middle East policy to the House of Lords International Relations Committee and in 2017 his work was cited in a Parliament Select Committee’s inquiry report entitled ‘The Middle East: Time for New Realism’.


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