Dr. N. Janardhan is a political analyst based in the United Arab Emirates since 2000 and author of Boom amid Gloom: Spirit of Possibility in the 21st Century Gulf (Ithaca, 2011). As Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Gulf Studies, University of Exeter, he is also Managing Assistant Editor of Journal of Arabian Studies (Routledge). With a broad-based interest in the socio-political developments in the Middle East, Dr Janardhan’s research areas include political reforms, international relations (Gulf-asia relations), education, media, gender, labour, migration, human rights and human trafficking in the Gulf region. After obtaining his PhD from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, he was Programme Manager, Gulf-Asia Relations, and Editor, ‘Gulf in the Media’, at Gulf Research Center, Dubai. He is a regular contributor to various newspapers and websites in the Middle East, as well as international academic publications.