Dr. Robert Mogielnicki is a Senior Resident Scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. He manages the institute’s political economy research and oversees “Next Gen Gulf” — a long-term research series that examines how advanced technologies shape Gulf Arab governments and economies. He teaches China–Middle East Relations as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and at the George Washington University. He is also a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Board of Advisors at Henley & Partners. Dr. Mogielnicki previously worked as a human resource development consultant and in journalism across the Middle East and North Africa. He holds a DPhil degree from the University of Oxford’s Magdalen College. His monograph A Political Economy of Free Zones in Gulf Arab States was published in 2021 in Palgrave Macmillan’s International Political Economy series. His published work has appeared in Foreign Policy, The Banker, World Politics Review, and Axios. Dr. Mogielnicki regularly provides commentary for international media outlets, including Bloomberg, AFP, Forbes, Nikkei Asian Review, The Wall Street Journal, Nature, Financial Times, Reuters, BBC World News TV, VOX, Voice Of America, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and S&P Global.