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Dr. Ted Karasik

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Dr. Karasik is currently an advisor to UAE-based corporate entities. He is the former Director of Research and Development at the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA) in Dubai, UAE and Beirut, Lebanon. He was also a Lecturer at the Dubai School of Government where he teaches graduate level international relations and is currently a Lecturer at Wollongong University of Dubai specializing in International Political Economy.

Dr. Karasik is currently an advisor to UAE-based corporate entities. He is the former Director of Research and Development at the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA) in Dubai, UAE and Beirut, Lebanon. He was also a Lecturer at the Dubai School of Government where he teaches graduate level international relations and is currently a Lecturer at Wollongong University of Dubai specializing in International Political Economy. Karasik was a Senior Political Scientist in the International Policy and Security Group at RAND Corporation. From 2002-2003, he served as Director of Research for the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy. He has worked on Central Asian, Russian, Caucasian and Arabian Peninsula issues for 20 years regarding nuclear proliferation, security and terrorism questions including transnational terrorist groups, clan structures and politics, and criminal organizations. Since 9/11, Dr. Karasik has also concentrated on terrorist targeting and tactics regarding critical infrastructure in the United States, Europe, and the GCC states. Finally, he was RAND’s leading Saudi analyst during the 2001-2008 period conducting numerous field surveys and analytical reports for various clients. Dr. Karasik developed a model called “Saudiology” to understand better traditional Arabian Peninsula societies.

Dr. Karasik received his Ph.D in History from the University of California, Los Angeles in four fields: Russia, Middle East, Caucasus and an outside field in cultural anthropology focusing on tribes and clans from Central Asia to East Africa. He wrote his dissertation on military and humanitarian operations in the northern port city of Arkhangel’sk and their impact on political institutions during the Russian civil war.