David Roberts, Deputy Director and Research Fellow, RUSI Qatar
David joined RUSI in January 2011 while completing his PhD at Durham University focusing on Qatar’s security and international relations. David has lived, worked and studied throughout the Middle East including nine months in Qatar researching for his thesis. He has written several chapters for books on the Gulf, authored numerous editorials in various Middle Eastern newspapers, presented his work at international conferences, consulted with a variety of security and intelligence companies and been quoted by the Financial Times, Reuters and other prestigious newspapers and magazines. David obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of St. Andrews in International Relations and a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Nottingham University. The Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW) awarded David a fully-funded 4-5 year PhD in 2007. David is also currently the President of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) graduate section.
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Michael Stephens, Researcher, RUSI Qatar
Michael joined RUSI Qatar as a researcher in 2011 having served as a Research Intern in RUSI’s London office since September 2010, firstly in the Nuclear Security Programme, then in International Security Studies. Prior to joining RUSI, Michael spent over two and a half years living in the Middle East studying and researching ethnic and social identity. He has also worked in Washington DC as a political communications fellow focusing on Nuclear Proliferation centred issues. More recently his research has focused on Arab Shi’a identity across the Middle East and its relationship with Iran. Michael has been interviewed in several media outlets including the BBC on issues of Middle Eastern Security and Society.
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Jamie Ingram, Researcher, RUSI Qatar
Jamie Ingram joined RUSI Qatar as a researcher in September 2011. He holds an MA in Geopolitics, Territory and Security from King's College London and a BA in Geography from the University of Nottingham. His master’s degree placed particular emphasis on issues pertaining to sovereignty, natural resource disputes and international law, while his dissertation examined the social construction of nationalism. Prior to joining RUSI Jamie worked at IHS Global Insight & Jane's as a Country Risk Analyst on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) desk. During this time he analysed ongoing political, security and regulatory developments in a number of states across the region, particularly in Morocco, Jordan, Kuwait and Sudan.
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Andrew Francis, Researcher, RUSI Qatar
Andrew joined RUSI Qatar as a researcher in August 2011. He holds a BA in Politics from the University of Nottingham and an MSc in the History of International Relations from the London School of Economics. His master's dissertation analysed the political and practical limitations to nuclear use in limited wars, while his undergraduate thesis studied the impact of inter-departmental rivalries on wartime intelligence and special operations. His research interests include new terrorism and radicalisation; nuclear proliferation; forced migration/internal displacement; military history and strategy; and US foreign policy. Immediately prior to joining RUSI, Andrew spent six months working for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, dealing specifically with the agency's media and parliamentary relations during the Libyan and Ivory Coast crises. Since graduating in late 2010, he has also worked for BBC News and Current Affairs as a researcher on a documentary examining social access to British politics.