Omar Al-Ubaydli is a non-resident fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington as well as the program director for International and Geopolitical Studies at the Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (Derasat). He is additionally an affiliated associate professor of economics at George Mason University and an affiliated senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center. His research interests include political economy, experimental economics, and the economics of the GCC countries. Al-Ubaydli previously served as a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Joint Advisory Board of Economists and a visiting professor of economics at the University of Chicago. He regularly publishes his research in international peer-reviewed academic journals, and his mainstream media articles appear in Arabic and English-language newspapers and blogs such as Al-Hayat, Newsweek ME, Forbes Opinion, and US News. Al-Ubaydli earned his BA in economics from the University of Cambridge, and his MA and PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.