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Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies

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Dr Elham Fakhro

Honorary Research Fellow


Elham Fakhro is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Gulf Studies, University of Exeter.  Prior to joining Exeter University, she acted as Senior Gulf Analyst with the International Crisis Group, and as a Lecturer in Public International Law at New York University, Abu Dhabi. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (DPhil) in Socio-Legal and Middle Eastern Studies from St Antonys College, Oxford University, and a Master of Laws (LLM) from Harvard Law School. Her research interests encompass the contemporary politics and foreign policies of the Gulf Cooperation Council states. Her Twitter account is @elhamfakhro.

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Journal Articles

Fakhro, Elham, ‘Bahrain’s Enduring Constitutional Crisis’, in  Mallat, Chibli (eds.), ‘Promises of Constitutionalism in the Gulf Cooperation Council States’, Al-Abhath (forthcoming March 2022).

Fakhro, Elham. ‘Land Reclamation in the Arabian Gulf: Legal, Environment, and Security Issues’, Journal of Arabian Studies, vol. 3, 1 (2013), pp. 36­52.

Fakhro, Elham and Hokayem, Emile. ‘Waking the Arabs’, Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, vol. 53 (2011), pp.21­30.

Book Chapters

Fakhro, Elham. ‘Truth and Fact-Finding in the Arab Monarchies (A Comparative Study of Transitional Experiences in Bahrain and Morocco)’, in Chandra Sriram (ed.), Transitional Justice and the Arab Spring (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), pp.161-84.

Fakhro, Elham. ‘Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Bahrain’, in Adam Roberts, Timothy Garton Ash, Rory McCarthy, and Michael Willis (ed.), Civil Resistance and Power Politics: The Arab Spring (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp.89-115.

Reports/ Commentaries

Fakhro, Elham. ‘A Time for Talks: Saudi Arabia and the UAE Face Iran’, Report No. 226, International Crisis Group, August 2021.

Fakhro, Elham. ‘Selling Normalization in the Gulf’, Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP), 23 June 2021.

Fakhro, Elham. ‘Resolving the Gulf Crisis Outside the Gulf’, International Crisis Group, 26 January 2021.

Fakhro, Elham. ‘What the Abraham Accords Reveal About the United Arab Emirates’, War on the Rocks, 30 October 2020.

Fakhro, Elham. ‘An Open Affair: As the UAE and Israel Normalize Ties, Gulf Actors Respond’, Jadaliyya, 20 August 2020.

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