Karen specialises in the political economy of the Middle East, the GCC and the Arabian Peninsula. Karen is a resident scholar at the AEI in Washington DC and a professorial lecturer at George Washington University. She also heads a seminar on the emerging markets of the MENA region at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Before joining AEI, Karen was a senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute and held academic positions at leading universities both in the US and overseas, including the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the American University of Sharjah in the UAE. Karen is the author of “The Political Economy of Energy, Finance and Security in the UAE: Between the Majilis and the Market” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Her analysis and commentary has appeared in the popular press, including Bloomberg News, the Financial Times, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.