About Betul Dogan Akkas

Betul Dogan Akkas is a PhD candidate at joint degree program between Qatar University Gulf Studies Center and Durham University School of Government and International Affairs. She also received her MA degree with a thesis titled “Securitization of Qatari Foreign Policy” at Qatar University. Dogan Akkas completed her BA in International Relations at Bilkent University. Following her undergraduate studies, she conducted field research in Jenin, Palestine. Her research interests and publications include foreign policymaking, security strategies and social transformation of the Gulf Monarchies and Yemen.
18 Nov, 2022

Digital Authoritarianism in the Middle East: Deception, Disinformation and Social Media

Betul Dogan Akkas | 18 November 2022

A decade of dedicated work has been poured into Digital Authoritarianism in the Middle East: Deception, Disinformation, and Social Media by Marc Owen Jones. The book comprises of fifteen chapters, including case studies and theoretical discussions that are in-depth and interdisciplinary. In his preface

Digital Authoritarianism in the Middle East: Deception, Disinformation and Social Media2023-04-28T16:25:46+03:00
2 Aug, 2022

Biden’s fruitless visit to Saudi Arabia and beyond: the elephant in the room remains

Betul Dogan Akkas | 02 August 2022

Biden's fruitless visit to Saudi Arabia and beyond: the elephant in the room remains Last month US President Joe Biden visited the Middle East, including Israel, the occupied West Bank and Saudi Arabia, in [...]

Biden’s fruitless visit to Saudi Arabia and beyond: the elephant in the room remains2022-08-25T14:44:13+03:00
14 Jan, 2022

Turkey’s Military Presence in Qatar and Kuwait: A Security Umbrella for Gulf’s Stability?

Hazal Muslu El-Berni Betul Dogan Akkas | 14 January 2022 | TR

With the signing of the Strategic Partnership Agreement in 2008, Turkey became the first non-Gulf country to engage with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) through a strategic dialogue mechanism

Turkey’s Military Presence in Qatar and Kuwait: A Security Umbrella for Gulf’s Stability?2022-04-05T16:39:12+03:00
23 Dec, 2021

Hedges, Matthew. 2021. Reinventing the Sheikhdom:
Clan, Power and Patronage in Mohammed bin Zayed’s UAE. Hurst & Company, 324pp. ISBN: 9781787385467280; Hardcover £25

Betul Dogan Akkas | 23 December 2021

In 2018, students and scholars of Gulf Studies were shocked by news stories reporting that a PhD student from Durham University was charged with spying in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to evidence [...]

Hedges, Matthew. 2021. Reinventing the Sheikhdom:
Clan, Power and Patronage in Mohammed bin Zayed’s UAE. Hurst & Company, 324pp. ISBN: 9781787385467280; Hardcover £25
2023-04-28T16:24:21+03:00
4 Aug, 2021

Davidson, Christopher M. 2021. From Sheikhs to Sultanism: Statecraft and Authority in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Hurst & Company, 507pp. ISBN: 9781787383937; Hardcover £35 

Betul Dogan Akkas | 04 August 2021

Christopher M. Davidson’s From Sheikhs to Sultanism is an outstanding conceptualization of authoritarianism and statecraft in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Like Davidson’s previous publications on the Gulf monarchies, it delivers a detailed analysis [...]

Davidson, Christopher M. 2021. From Sheikhs to Sultanism: Statecraft and Authority in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Hurst & Company, 507pp. ISBN: 9781787383937; Hardcover £35 
2023-04-28T16:26:15+03:00
13 Apr, 2020

The Political Culture in Qatar: Beyond the Rentier State

Betul Dogan Akkas Gilla Camden | 13 April 2020 | TR

Discussions on the political culture of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are centralized around their rentier systems. However, this perspective prevents us from seeing the embedded traditional values and politics which these societies have been managing with under their rulers for decades

The Political Culture in Qatar: Beyond the Rentier State2022-06-08T15:40:04+03:00
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