March 19, 2018

Taimur Khan Joins AGSIW as a Non-Resident Fellow

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2018 – The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce that Taimur Khan has joined the institute as a non-resident fellow.

Taimur Khan is a journalist who has written extensively on the contemporary politics of the Gulf Arab states and Pakistan. He covered U.S. Middle East policy from Washington and New York for The National newspaper, and more recently reported for the paper on the region as a Gulf-based correspondent. He received a Nation Institute Investigative Fund grant for his reporting on Pakistan’s role in the global methamphetamine precursors trade. His recent work has focused primarily on the Gulf region, and over the course of the last three years he has reported from across the Gulf Cooperation Council states on the cultural, political economic, and security effects of the low oil price environment and the geopolitical flux in the Middle East. His current projects include research and reporting on competition among Middle Eastern powers for economic and political influence in the Horn of Africa, Pakistan’s evolving ties with the Gulf states, and the interplay between Shia identity and politics in Pakistan and the current turmoil in the Middle East. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, World Policy Journal, Al Jazeera America, Men’s Journal, Critical Muslim, GQ.com, New York Magazine, and Devex.

“I am glad to join AGSIW as a non-resident fellow and am looking forward to contributing to the institute’s project, unique in Washington, of social, political, and cultural analysis focused on the GCC,” said Khan. “I hope to contribute research to the understudied new dynamics in the Gulf states’ foreign relations on their periphery – the Horn of Africa and South Asia in particular – as they compete to gain a greater share of regional influence.”

Executive Vice President Stephen A. Seche welcomed Khan to AGSIW: “We’re very pleased to add someone with Taimur Khan’s understanding of the region to the ranks of AGSIW’s non-resident fellows. His experience as a journalist has honed his skills both as a writer and an analyst, and we are confident that his expertise will enrich both our publications and our programs going forward.”

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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.