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

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Mr David Wearing
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SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
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Thesis title:
Britain's relationship with the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council in the post-Cold War era
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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.

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.

PhD Research

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


Book Chapters
  • “Critical Perspectives on the Concept of the 'National Interest': American Imperialism, British Foreign Policy and the Middle East”, in Edmunds, Gaskarth and Porter (eds), British Foreign Policy and the National Interest: Identity, Strategy and Security, Palgrave Macmillan (November 2014).
Conference Papers
Journal articles
  • “Militarism or Internationalism: British Foreign Policy at a Crossroads”, Soundings, 62, Spring 2016, p121-137