Dr. Athol Yates teaches on civil security, security technology, internal security, disaster management and research methods. His research focuses on the modernization of UAE security structure and organizations including the public policy, higher national security architecture, Abu Dhabi Police and the UAE Armed Forces.

  • Ph.D. (Public Policy) Australian National University, 2011
  • MA (Public Policy) Australian National University, 2000
  • Graduate Diploma (Soviet Studies) University of Melbourne, 1991
  • B.Eng. Monash University, 1986
  • National security
  • Internal security/homeland security
  • Disaster management
  • Comparative civil security
  • UAE security history
  • Thesis writing
  • Public policy
  • National security machinery of government
  • Civil security organizations, arrangements and policy
  • UAE security history
  • UAE policy making

Peer-reviewed journals

  • “Rulers, Professional Expatriates and the Creation of Abu Dhabi’s Police,” Middle Eastern Studies (in press), with A Rossiter.
  • “Military Assistance as Political Gimmickry? The Case of Britain and the Newly Federated UAE,” Diplomacy & Statecraft (in press), with A Rossiter.
  • “The Formation of Military Intelligence in the United Arab Emirates: 1965-1974,” Journal of Intelligence History (in press), with A Rossiter.
  • “Intelligence Collection in Arabia: Britain’s Roaming Information-Gathers in the Trucial States, 1956-1971,” Intelligence and National Security (2020), with A Rossiter. https://doi.org/10.1080/02684527.2020.1741159
  • “The British Military and the Anti-Locust Campaign across the Arabian Peninsula, Including the Emirates, 1942–1945,” Tribulus 27 (2019).
  • “Explaining five decades of embedded western expatriates in the Armed Forces of the Emirates from 1965 to 2015.” Journal of Arabian Studies. (2016) December http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21534764.2016.1250388.
  • “How civil aviation threatens national security.” Journal of Transportation Security (2014) 7: 227 (with N. Srinivasan), doi:10.1007/s12198-014-0141-7.
  • ”A framework for studying mortality arising from critical infrastructure loss.” International Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection(2014), 7: 2, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcip.2014.04.002.
  • ”Death Modes from a Loss of Energy Infrastructure Continuity.” Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (2013) 10: 2, DOI: 10.1515/jhsem-2012-0048.

Book chapters

  • “Building a Navy from Scratch in Just a Decade: The Abu Dhabi Sea Wing and Navy (1966-1976),” in Middle Eastern Naval History, ed. J. Dunn and D. Stoker (Solihull: Helion & Co, in press).
  • “The Use of British Seconded and Contracted Military Personnel to Advance Britain’s Interests: A Case Study from the United Arab Emirates from 1965-2010,” in A History of Defense Engagement in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, ed. G. Kennedy (Kansas: University Press of Kansas).
  • “The UAE’s National Security Machinery of Government,” in Handbook on UAE Security Studies, ed. W. Guéraiche and K. Alexander (UK: Routledge, in press).
  • “Contracted Foreign Advisors in the Abu Dhabi Police Force: Explaining Their Enduring Presence from 2002 to 2015,” in Police Advising and Militarization, ed. D. Stoker and E.B. Westermann (Solihull: Helion & Co, 2018).


  • The Evolution of the UAE Armed Forces (Solihull: Helion & Co, in press).
  • The Military and Polices Forces of the Gulf States: Trucial States & United Arab Emirates, 1951-1980 (Solihull: Helion & Co, 2019), with C. Lord.
  • The Naval Force of Abu Dhabi 1967 – 1976 (Canberra: C-Pubs, 2019), with C. Lord.

Books edited

  • Catastrophes, Crashes and Crimes in the UAE: Newspaper Articles from the 1980s (London: Medina Publications, in press).
  • Catastrophes, Crashes and Crimes in the UAE: Newspaper Articles from the 1970s (London: Medina Publications, 2016)
  • Western Isolation: The Perth Experience of the 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic. (Canberra: Australian Security Research Centre, 2007).
  • A Danger Greater Than War: NSW and the 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic. (Canberra: Australian Security Research Centre, 2007).
  • Lessons from the Past for Today’s Pandemic Planners and Officers. Proceedings of the First Australian Pandemic History Conference. (Canberra: Australian Security Research Centre, 2007).