Research Updates

My research focuses on the international relations of the Middle East, with an emphasis on the Gulf states and Egypt and their engagement with the US, UK, EU, Russia and China. My theoretical and empirical contributions to international relations focus on economic factors (versus ideational and geo-strategic factors) in foreign policy and alliance building/deconstruction. I also analyze conflicts, regional security issues, nuclear proliferation, non-state actors and political economy. I have convened and contributed to academic and policy events covering Gulf politics, Asia – Middle East relations, and Euro-Mediterranean relations.

My recent research projects focused on environmental politics, youth and population in the Middle East, civil – military relations, and external actors in the Middle East for a new publication Middle East Politics in Perspective, (AUC Press). Read more about it here >

I have also written a brief entitled ‘Towards Peace-Building in Saudi – Iranian Relations?’ in February 2020 for the project on Sectarianism, Proxies and De-sectarianisation (SEPAD) at Lancaster University. 


– Transnational Security Cooperation in the Mediterranean (Palgrave Macmillan)

– The Gulf States and the Horn of Africa: Interests, Influence and Instability (Manchester University Press)

– International Relations of the Gulf: Strategic Competition in an Uncertain World (Manchester University Press)

Read more about my publications here >

with Gawdat Bahgat, “Civil Nuclear Energy in the Middle East: Demand, Parity, and Risk“, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW), 11 April 2019.

“Structural Reform and Political Consolidation: the Pathway to Modernization in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”, paper for the workshop “Challenged by the Decreased Price of Oil: Adjustment Policies in the Arab Gulf and Beyond since 2014”, Beirut, Lebanon. 14-15 March 2019. Hosted by the Lebanese Oil and Gas Initiative (LOGI) and the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA).

Also presented at the Department of Near Eastern Studies/The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia (TRI), Princeton University, in April 2019.