Elizabeth Dickinson Senior Analyst, Arabian Peninsula Please submit all media inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +32 (0) 2 536 00 71 Crisis Group Role Elizabeth Dickinson joined Crisis Group as a Senior Analyst for the Arabian Peninsula in late 2017. Her work focuses on the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Previously a journalist, she has lived in the region for seven years and has written extensively on Gulf regional foreign policy, counter-terror finance, and political reform. Professional Background Prior to joining International Crisis Group, Elizabeth worked for a decade as a journalist, including roles at Foreign Policy magazine, The National, and The Economist. She holds a degree in African and International Studies from Yale University. Areas of Expertise Gulf politics and foreign policy Saudi Arabia UAE Qatar Bahrain Kuwait Counter-terror finance Proxy conflict Languages English (native) Spanish (fluent) French (fluent) Publications “Godfathers and Thieves: How Syria’s Diaspora Crowd-Funded a Revolution”, Deca, June 2015. “Playing with Fire: Why Private Gulf Financing for Syria’s Extremist Rebels Risk Igniting Sectarian Conflict at Home”, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution, 2013. In The News 23 Sep 2018 The UAE has positioned itself as a major potential investor in logistics, ports, and trade development [in the Horn of Africa.] Deutsche Welle Elizabeth Dickinson Senior Analyst, Arabian Peninsula 18 Feb 2018 The [Iraqi] government budget will form the bulk of [the World Bank] money, followed by private investment. Donors are seen as an added boost, not the bulk. The Arab Weekly Elizabeth Dickinson Senior Analyst, Arabian Peninsula 15 Feb 2018 [The international conference in Kuwait on Iraq's reconstruction] is a signal to [Prime Minister] Abadi going into elections. This gives him something tangible to take back to Baghdad. Foreign Policy Elizabeth Dickinson Senior Analyst, Arabian Peninsula Latest Updates Op-Ed / Middle East & North Africa 21 May 2018 Iraq Rebuild can Help Abate Sectarian Tension Across the Region Iran and Saudi Arabia are actively fighting one another in the media, through armed proxies, in cyberspace and with Western lobbyists. But in Iraq they should both see the case for détente. Originally published in The Hill Commentary / Middle East & North Africa 9 May 2018 Iraq’s Pre-election Optimism Includes a New Partnership with Saudi Arabia After the defeat of the Islamic State in 2017, normality is returning to Iraq ahead of the 12 May parliamentary elections. In this Q&A, Crisis Group's Senior Analyst for the Arabian Peninsula Elizabeth Dickinson says the country’s cautious optimism includes hopes of a new partnership with Riyadh, balancing Baghdad’s strong ties with Tehran.