September 25, 2017

Des Roches and Roberts Join AGSIW as Non-Resident Fellows

WASHINGTON, September 25, 2017 – The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce that David Des Roches and David Roberts have joined the institute as non-resident fellows.

DB Des Roches is an associate professor at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at National Defense University, where he specializes in countries of the Arabian Peninsula, Gulf Cooperation Council regional security, border security, weapons transfers, missile defense, counterinsurgency, terrorism, and emerging trends. Previously, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy in numerous positions, including as director of the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula. He is the editor of The Arms Trade, Military Services and the Security Market in the Gulf: Trends and Implications (Berlin: Gerlach, 2016). He holds advanced degrees from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies, Kings College London, and the U.S. Army War College, as well as a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Des Roches noted, “In a short period of time, AGSIW has established itself as a leading center for academic and policy research on the Gulf. It is a distinct honor to be associated with this community of scholars and practitioners. I look forward to contributing to a greater understanding of Gulf issues in the institute’s climate of excellence.”

David B. Roberts is an assistant professor in the School of Security Studies at King’s College London. Previously, he was the director of the Qatar office of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies. His primary research interest focuses on the security and international relations of the Gulf Arab monarchies. Roberts is the author of Qatar: Securing the Global Ambitions of a City-State. He obtained his PhD from Durham University.

Roberts said, “I am very pleased to be joining AGSIW as a non-resident fellow. The quality of AGSIW’s output speaks for itself, with excellent work being published by its scholars. I have always found that researching the Gulf requires a collaborative approach, and I look forward to contributing to AGSIW on a more regular basis henceforth.”


The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW), launched in 2015, is an independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to increasing the understanding and appreciation of the social, economic, and political diversity of the Gulf Arab states. Through expert research, analysis, exchanges, and public discussion, the institute seeks to encourage thoughtful debate and inform decision makers shaping U.S. policy regarding this critical geostrategic region.