Dania Thafer

Dania Thafer

Executive director, Gulf International Forum
Professorial lecturer, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University

Areas of expertise

Gulf geopolitics, US-Gulf relations, political economy of Gulf Cooperation Council states


Dania Thafer is executive director of the Gulf International Forum and professorial lecturer at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.

Thafer’s work has been widely published on matters concerning the Arab Gulf states and has co-authored two edited books: The Arms Trade, Military Services and the Security Market in the Gulf States: Trends and Implications and The Dilemma of Security and Defense in the Gulf Region. Previously, she worked at the National Defense University’s Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies. Thafer holds a master’s degree in political economy from New York University, and a PhD in the political economy and international relations of Gulf Cooperation Council states from the American University in Washington.