SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

David Wearing

BA (Anglia Ruskin University) European Philosophy and Literature, MSc (University College London) International Public Policy
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David Wearing
Department of Development Studies

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Department of Politics and International Studies

Graduate Teaching Assistant

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Mr David Wearing
Email address:
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Office Hours:
By appointment
Thesis title:
Britain's relationship with the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council in the post-Cold War era
Year of Study:
Year of Study: 2 (building on previous postgraduate research conducted at UCL)
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David's research focuses on British foreign policy in the Middle East. He writes regularly for the Guardian and other publications on domestic politics and international affairs. He was a Visiting Lecturer teaching Theories of International Relations at University of Westminster from September 2013 to January 2014.

Conference Papers

“Rejecting war on Syria: the birth of a new internationalism?”, British International Studies Association conference, Dublin, 17th – 20th June 2014

"Critical Perspectives on the Concept of the ‘National Interest’", conference on 'British Foreign Policy and the National Interest', Chatham House, 12 July 2013

"The Historical Materialist Perspective on British Foreign Policy in the Middle East and North Africa: Implications for the Arab Uprisings", British International Studies Association Annual Conference, 20-22 June 2012

"British Foreign Policy and Critical Scholarship: The Legacy of Adam Smith", 51st International Studies Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, 17 - 20 February 2010

"Future echoes: the seeds of globalisation’s informal empire in Britain’s formal imperialism", 2nd Annual Durham International Affairs Conference, Durham University, 1 - 2 April 2009.

PhD Research

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David Wearing - Britain's relationship with the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council

My thesis will provide an account of the relationship between Britain and the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council in the realms of security, economics and politics/diplomacy. My analysis will be rooted in Marxist theories of imperialism, while also identifying where this theoretical perspective is either unable to explain certain aspects of the subject, or can be built upon in order to do so.