Author Biography

Dr. Muhamad Olimat is a Professor of International Relations and Middle East politics at the Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. His areas of expertise are Middle East Studies, US foreign policy toward the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and Sino-Greater Middle East relations. He is the author of five books, several book chapters, and articles on contemporary Middle East politics, the political economy of the Middle East, political development of the Middle East, and Sino-Middle Eastern and Sino-Central Asian relations.

Dr. Osman Antwi-Boateng is an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the Department of Government & Society at United Arab Emirates University. Prior to this, he served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at St. Lawrence University, New York. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from University of Delaware, a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Ohio University-Athens, and a second Master’s degree in International Security from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C. His research interests are in international security, African political economy and security, and Middle Eastern political economy and security. Email ID: antwiboateng@gmail.com

Dr. Narayanappa Janardhan is the Director of Research and Analysis at Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy, Abu Dhabi. He also offers PGD, MA, and Executive Training courses on Gulf and Asian foreign policies to diplomats. Apart from being a regular contributor to wide-ranging academic and media publications, he is the author of several books, including The Arab Gulf’s Pivot to Asia: From Transactional to Strategic Partnerships (Editor, Gerlach, 2020); A New Gulf Security Architecture: Prospects and Challenges for an Asian Role (Editors, Gerlach, 2014); and Boom amid Gloom: Spirit of Possibility in 21st Century Gulf (Ithaca, 2011). With a Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Janardhan is also Non-Resident Fellow at Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, and Managing Assistant Editor of the Journal of Arabian Studies (Routledge).