The modern history of states and societies in the Persian Gulf, state building in the Middle East, oil and politics in the Middle East, Iranian-Arab relations, and Sunni-Shi’i tensions.
Journal Articles (a selected list)
"Desdobramentos recentes nas relações entre Israel e Palestina e na política palestina" Política Externa, Vol. 20, No. 3, 2011.
"The Military of Qajar Iran: The Features of an Irregular Army from the Eighteenth Century to the Early Twentieth Century," Iranian Studies, Vol. 45, No. 3, pp. 333-354. By Uzi Rabi and Nugzar Ter-Oganov
"The Shi'ite Crescent: An Iranian Vision and Arab Fear," Geopolitics, forthcoming.
with Ter-Oganov, "Russia and Iran: Relationship of an Ambiguous Nature," Defensor Pacis, Issue 21.
with Ter-Oganov, "The Russian Military Mission and the Birth of the Persian Cossack Brigade: 1879-1894," Iranian Studies, forthcoming.
"Oman's Forign Policy: The Art of Keeping All Channels of Communication Open," Orient (Hamburg: DOI, 2005), pp. 549-564
"Oman and the Arab–Israeli Conflict: The Reflection of a Pragmatic Foreign Policy," Israel Affairs (Oxon: Routledge, 2005), Vol. 11, pp. 535-551
“The Dynamics of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC): The Ceaseless Quest for Regional Security in a Changing Region,” Orient (Hamburg: DOI, 2004), pp. 281-295.
“Oil Politics and Tribal Rulers in Eastern Arabia: The Reign of Shakhbut (1928-1966),” British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (2004).
"Kuwait’s Changing Strategic Posture: Historical Patterns," Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Villanova: Villanova University, 2004), Vol. 27, No. 4, pp. 52-65
"Majlis al-Shura and Majlis al-Dawla: State Formation in an Oil State: Oman as a Case Study," Middle Eastern Studies, vol. 38, no. 4, October 2002. pp. 41-50.
“The Kuwaiti Royal Family in the Post-liberation Period: Reinstitutionalizing the 'First among Equals' System in Kuwait”, in: J. Kostiner (ed.), Middle East Monarchies: The Challenge of Modernity (Boulder, London: Lynne Rienner, 2000), pp. 151-165.
with J. Kostiner, “The Shi’is in Bahrain: Class and Religious Protest”, in: O. Benjio and G. Ben-Dor (eds.), Minorities in the Middle East (Boulder, London: Lynne Rienner, 1999), pp. 171-188