Dr Yousef Khalifa al-Yousef is a political scientist specialising in international economics. He was a professor at the United Arab Emirates University between 1989 and 2007. He earned his DPhil at Essex University, UK, and his MAs in Applied Economics and in Near Eastern and North African Studies from the University of Michigan, US. The author of numerous papers and books on the political economy of the GCC States, his publications include The Gulf Cooperation Council States: Hereditary Succession, Oil and Foreign Powers and The Political Economy of Oil: An Arab Perspective. He lives in the UAE.