Luciano Zaccara is Research Assistant Professor in Gulf Politics at the Qatar University
Gulf Studies Center. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Georgetown University
School of Foreign Service in Qatar, a Honorary Research Fellow at the Exeter University
Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies in United Kingdom, and Director of the
Observatory on Politics and Elections in the Arab and Muslim World in Spain. He
obtained a BA in Political Science from National University of Rosario, Argentina, and a
PhD in Arab and Islamic Studies from Autonoma University of Madrid, Spain.
His research focuses on the political and electoral systems in Iran and the GCC countries
as well as international politics in the Gulf. He has published an edited volume on
Electoral Processes in Middle East and North Africa (in Spanish), and numerous articles,
chapters and a monograph on Iranian and Gulf politics. He is founder and director of the
Spanish OPEMAM project (Observatory on Politics and Elections in Arab and Muslim
Countries) composed of more than fifteen researchers.