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Roberts, Dr David B


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Telephone: +44 (0)1793 788193

Research Interests

  • International relations and security in the Gulf region
  • Domestic politics and the rentier bargain in the Gulf region
  • Energy economics & relations between East Asia and the Gulf
  • Emerging military doctrine and strategy in small states


Dr David Roberts joined the Defence Studies Department in October 2013.

Prior to moving to King’s, Dr Roberts was the Director of the Qatar office of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI Qatar). He obtained his PhD from Durham University, his MA in Diplomacy from Nottingham University in 2005, and his MA (Hons) in International Relations from St. Andrews University in 2004.

His primary research interest focuses on Qatar’s foreign policy. In particular, Dr Roberts' PhD and book seeks to understand the core rationale for Qatar’s recent flurries in the world of international relations. Otherwise, Dr Roberts is interested in wider Gulf international relations and domestic political issues as well as questions of a future Gulf security architecture, energy relations particularly with East Asia, and emerging military strategy and doctrine in the Arab Gulf states.


For a list of Dr Roberts' publications, please click here.

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