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Professor Gerd Nonneman

Research Interests

Currently my main areas of interestare:

  • the politics and political economy of the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula,
  • the political and economic history of Yemen,
  • the foreign policies of Middle Eastern states,
  • relations between the Middle East and Europe,
  • the dynamics and prospects of political reform in the Gulf monarchies.

I am in principle happy to supervise good research proposals in other areas of comparative politics and International Relations of the Middle East and the Islamic World - but as of 2010 I'm afraid I am already oversubscribed... (see list of Research Students).

Among my most recent publications are:

‘Terrorism and Political Violence in the Middle East and North Africa: Drivers and Limitations’, in Asaf Siniver (ed.), International Terrorism post 9/11: Comparative Dynamics and Responses.(London/New York: Routledge, 2010), pp. 13-36.

‘Europe, the US, and the Gulf after the Cold War’, in Viktor Mauer & Daniel Möckli (eds.), European-American Relations and the Middle East: From Suez to Iraq (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2010, ISBN: 978-0-415-47664-5)

‘Political Reform in the Gulf Monarchies: From Liberalisation to Democratisation? A Comparative Perspective’, opening chapter in A. Ehteshami & S. Wright (eds.), Reform in the Middle East Oil Monarchies (Reading: Ithaca Press, 2008), pp. 3-45.

‘EU-GGC Relations: Dynamics, Perspectives and the Issue of Political Reform’, Journal of Social Affairs [AUS, Sharjah], Vol. 23, No. 92, Winter 2006 [published 2007], pp. 13-33.

‘Security in the Wider Middle East: a question of avoiding self-fulfilling prophecies’, Keynote Address, NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Mediterranean Special Group, Naples, 2 July 2006.

EU-GCC Relations: Dynamics, Patterns and Perspectives, Gulf Papers Series (Dubai: Gulf Research Center, 2006)

Saudi Arabia in the Balance: Political Economy, Society, Foreign Affairs (New York University Press, 2006 / Hurst & Co, 2005) (co-editor & contributor, with Paul Aarts)

Analyzing Middle Eastern Foreign Policies, and the relationship with Europe (Routledge, 2005).

‘The Gulf States and the Iran-Iraq War, revisited: pattern shifts and continuities’, in L. Potter and G. Sick (eds.), Iran, Iraq and the Legacy of War: Unfinished Business (New York: Palgrave, 2004) (paperback edition October 2006).

‘A European View of US Policy in the Arab-Israeli Conflict’, Chaillot Papers, 62, Paris: EU Institute for Security Studies, July 2003, 33-46.

Terrorism, Gulf Security and Palestine: Key issues for an EU-GCC Dialogue (RSC policy paper 02-2). Florence: Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute, 2002.

‘Rentiers and Autocrats, Monarchs and Democrats, State and Society: the Middle East between globalisation, human "agency", and Europe’, in International Affairs, Vol. 77, No. 1 (January 2001), 175-195.

‘Saudi-European Relations, 1902-2001: a pragmatic quest for relative autonomy'", International Affairs, 77(3), July 2001, 631-661.

Governance, Human Rights & the Case for Political Adaptation in the Gulf (RSC policy paper 01-3). Florence: Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute, 2001, 34pp.

‘Constants and Variations in British-Gulf Relations’, in J. Kechichian (ed.), Iran, Iraq and the Arab Gulf States , New York: Palgrave, 2001, 325-350.


For a full list of publications, including those before 2001, see the tab 'PUBLICATIONS'

Research Students


Currently supervising the following PhDs at Exeter  (by start year):


Sophie Richter-Devroe (Germany)
Gender and Conflict Transformation in Palestine: Peacemakers or Freedom Fighters?

Jeff Moore (USA)
The Thai Way of Counter-Insurgency: a comparative analysis, 1950s-2000s


Majdi Al-Khouli (UK/Palestine)
The Organisation and Perceptions of Public Relations functions at Palestinian Universities

Niyaz Noori (Iraq [Kurdish Region])
Economic Inequality in the Kurdish Region of Iraq

Sharifa Hashem (Bahrain)
The Social Currency and Function of Honour: Bahrain and Jordan

Mark Thompson (UK)
The National Dialogues Institution in Saudi Arabia

Fernando Carvajal (Mexico)
Constructing Political Subjects in Upper Yemen: Relations of Sovereign and Authority, 1904-1962


Marta Saldana (Spain)
Electoralism and political reform in the UAE

Firman Noor (Indonesia)
Islamic Political parties in Indonesia

Emre Atac (Turkey)
Turkish-Iranian Relations

Robert Mason (UK)
Economic Drivers of Foreign Policy in the Middle East: The Case of Oil and Gas Exporters

Youssef Masriyeh (Lebanon)
Lebanese-Israeli Relations after the Hariri Assassination

Fatemah Al-Buloshi (Saudi Arabia)
Leadership Education Programmes in the Gulf states

Hoshyar Ali (Iraq [Kurdish Region])  (jointly supervised with Prof. Stansfield)
Foreign Policy of Kurdistan Region 1992-2010

Mustafa Wahdan (Egypt)
Regional Integration in the Arab Gulf


Talal Al-Azemi (Kuwait)
The Impact of the Iraqi Invasion on Kuwaiti Foreign Policy

Rene Rieger (Germany)
Foreign and Security Policy Maxims of the Gulf States from 1971 to 1991