Mai Y. Al-Farhan is a research associate at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington and a regular contributor to Millennial Gulf. Simultaneously, she is a master’s student at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. Her thesis concerns reforms to the kafala sponsorship system and migrant labor in Bahrain and Qatar. She previously held research assistantship positions at the United Nations Development Programme in Kuwait and at the Middle East Institute.
Her research interests are in the cyber applications of international relations, particularly the role nonstate actors play in exerting influence over nation states through cyber means. Beyond cyberpolitics, Al-Farhan is interested in the political economy of the Gulf Arab states.