Kristian Alexander

Dr. Kristian Alexander is an adviser at Gulf State Analytics, a Washington, DC-based geopolitical risk consultancy, and an assistant professor at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He has published in numerous outlets, such as the Middle East Institute, AGSIW, International Policy Digest, IFIMES, Inside Arabia and others.

Shamima Begum: The Sensitive Case of IS Returnees

August 10, 2020

Born in the UK to Bangladeshi parents, Shamima Begum left London as a 15-year-old in 2015. Using her British passport, she traveled to Turkey with two of her friends from school. From there, Begum and her friends crossed into Syria, where they met their Islamic State (IS) contacts. While in...

How Will the UAE Cope With Growing Environmental Insecurity?

August 03, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is “living through an unrivalled drop in carbon output.” According to the International Energy Agency, global use of energy will drop 6% in 2020, an amount that equals India’s total energy demand. Worldwide demand for electricity has already fallen 5%, which is the largest...

Should Hezbollah Be Disarmed?

July 09, 2020

Amid Lebanon’s ongoing anti-government protests, various demonstrators have held signs demanding “No weapons but legal weapons. 1559, make it happen.” This is a clear reference to Hezbollah, a hybrid organization, political party, social movement and a regional player with global reach. There is a long history of Hezbollah and the...