Mark Thomas is a founding member of RUSI’s branch in Doha, Qatar. Prior to this he ran the Institute’s Middle East and North Africa Programme in London. In this position he was responsible for leading research projects, hosting private discussion meetings and organising major public conferences on the leading debates about regional security in the Middle East and North Africa.
His main research interests focus on Gulf security; the Iranian nuclear crisis; Iraq; transnational terrorism; the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; the possibilities of building new security regimes; and the role of hard and soft power in Middle East politics. Mark has previously served as a trainee pilot in the RAFVR.
Mark received a Master’s degree in War Studies from King’s College, London, and a Bachelor’s degree in International Politics and Strategic Studies from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. His primary area of studies concerned the conduct of contemporary warfare, diplomacy, military transformation, and strategies of coercion in the use of military force.