Quest for Middle East Analysis
Research. Consulting. Advice.
Strategic and Political Studies
Gulf Region & Arab World at Large


DR. IMAD HARBis Distinguished International Affairs Fellow at the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations in Washington, DC. From 2006 to 2013, he was a Senior Researcher in strategic studies at the Abu Dhabi-based Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research. He has also worked as a Senior Program Officer for education at the United States Institute of Peace and been a professor of international relations, comparative politics, and Middle East studies at San Francisco State University and the University of Utah. He has a PhD in political science from the University of Utah where his dissertation, titled Military Disengagement and the Transition to Democracy in Egypt and Turkey, analyzed the transition to electoral democracy in the two countries.

DR. HUDA AL-NUAIMIis the Director of Rawabet Center for Research and Strategic Studies in Amman, Jordan. She specializes in political and security affairs in Iraq and the Arab world at large and studies their immediate and future impact at the official and popular levels. She concentrates on alternatives and options for decision-makers as they grapple with the problems and challenges of the strategic environment.  She also has a specific interest in women's issues and human rights.


DR. JOHN BRUNIis the Founder and Director of SAGE International, a South Australian-based online think tank and consultancy operating out of Adelaide since 2008, and Vice President of the Royal United Services Institute of South Australia, an institution he has been involved with for well over two decades. Dr. Bruni has long-term experience in teaching international relations, politics and security. His primary area of expertise is in defence acquisition, having authored a book on this topic, On Weapons Decisions (ISBN 0 7334 19054). Dr. Bruni has consulted on the use of geospatial intelligence for the oil and gas industry in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Manama and has written extensively on Middle Eastern affairs and global security.

Who We Are
In 2011, the Middle East began a new era in its political development. Many rightly expected it to be a harbinger of a fourth wave of democratization that would end a period of exceptionalism that had lasted decades since the region’s countries’ independence. Events since 2011, however, have proved some expectations wrong, although the region can no longer be considered a pool of political stagnation and inertia. New political forces are on the move, benefiting from what is thought to be a modicum of political openness, as status quo forces defend both the vestiges of the old security state and the benefits of proximity to the loci of power. 
We believe that the emerging Middle East presents a busy collection of challenges that need evaluation, explanation and relevant policy determinations for all those interested in the region: academics, journalists, policy-makers, policy centers, research institutes and others. Quest for Middle East Analysis is a research and consultancy firm specializing in analyzing the new and changing Middle Eastern political, strategic, economic and social environments. We would like to be your go-to outfit when you are confronted with the challenge of explaining the emerging issues and their precedents, for evaluating the possibilities for the future, and for prescribing appropriate policy responses.
We are a team of dedicated researchers, specialists and analysts with intimate, and intricate, knowledge of the myriad issues extant in the Middle East today. We pride ourselves on unbiased, in-depth analyses of the proverbial ‘forest’ and `trees’ of the region, especially the Arabian Gulf and Peninsula, the Levant, and Egypt. In a world of complicated political, economic and social issues, the Middle East presents a panoply of dichotomies that can stymie researchers and produce poor decisions, and Quest for Middle East Analysis can help you decipher the ambiguities and confusion surrounding one of the most strategic regions of the world.
​What we do
We can research issues, write analytical papers, participate in conferences and forums, and offer learned advice on a range of policy issues such as the possibilities for political transitions – those already attempted and those potentially in store - the reality and atmosphere for economic development, the challenging security environment, the old and new social charters and contracts, and the role the Middle East plays in the international arena. We can do individual papers on specific topics or large studies on multi-variable subjects. Our turn-around time is short and depends on the length and specifics of the individual project.