SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr David Wearing

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David Wearing
Department of Politics and International Studies

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Dr David Wearing
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David's broad research agenda concerns UK foreign relations in the Global South, exploring continuities with the days of formal empire. He is a specialist on UK foreign relations in the Middle East. His monograph "AngloArabia: Why Gulf Wealth Matters To Britain" is the only book-length study of the modern political economy of Britain’s ties with the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE and Oman).

Following publication of “AngloArabia”, David's subsequent research examined the changing ways in which 'orientalist' discourses and subjectivities among policymaking elites serve to maintain the political economy of UK-Gulf relations. The results of this work were set out in his 2021 article for Politics, “The myth of the reforming monarch: Orientalism, racial capitalism, and UK support for the Arab Gulf monarchies”.

David has a long relationship with SOAS, completing his PhD here in 2017 and returning for a spell as a Senior Teaching Fellow in the spring of 2021. He is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Associate within the department, examining the UK’s support for the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen's civil war that commenced in 2015.

David is also currently a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Southampton, where he runs modules on the International Politics of the Middle East, International Political Economy, Security Theory, and Theories of International Relations. He has previously held similar roles at SOAS, Birkbeck and Royal Holloway, running modules on US Foreign Policy, Non-State Violence, International Political Theory and the Political Economy of the Middle East.

Watch the book launch event for AngloArabia: Why Gulf Wealth Matters to Britain, hosted by the London Middle East Institute at SOAS

David is an experienced commentator and broadcaster, appearing regularly on media such as Sky News, LBC, and BBC TV and radio, providing analysis on UK-Gulf relations and the international relations of the Middle East more broadly. He has written numerous comment and analysis pieces on these and other issues for outlets including the New York Times, the Guardian, the Independent, Tribune, New Humanist, and the London Review of Books. 

Watch David Wearing's interview with Sky News on the Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle United



Authored Books

Wearing, David (2018) AngloArabia: Why Gulf Wealth Matters to Britain. Cambridge: Polity Press.


Wearing, David (2021) 'The myth of the reforming monarch: Orientalism, racial capitalism, and UK support for the Arab Gulf monarchies'. Politics. [Forthcoming]

Wearing, David (2016) 'Militarism or internationalism? British foreign policy at a crossroads'. Soundings: a journal of politics and culture, (62), pp 121-137.

Book Chapters

Wearing, David (2022) 'Their Violence or Ours? EU-Middle East Arms Sales and Military Cooperation'. In: Bouris, Dimitris and Huber, Daniela and Pace, Michelle, (eds.), Routledge Handbook of EU–Middle East Relations. Abingdon: Routledge.

Wearing, David (2014) 'Critical Perspectives on the Concept of the ‘National Interest’: American Imperialism, British Foreign Policy and the Middle East'. In: Edmunds, Timothy and Gaskarth, Jamie and Porter, Robin, (eds.), British Foreign Policy and the National Interest: Identity, Strategy and Security. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 102-119.

Opinion Pieces / Media / Blogs

Wearing, David (2021) The Colour Bar at the Border.

Wearing, David (2020) Dismantling the Empire.

Wearing, David (2020) The imperialist murals in Britain's Foreign Office represent a legacy that must be dismantled.

Wearing, David (2020) Black Gold, Blue Waters.

Wearing, David (2019) Why are we in Yemen?.

Wearing, David (2019) Saudi Arabia Is Running Out of Friends.

Wearing, David (2019) How the West helped to make Putin.

Wearing, David (2018) Gulf petrodollars are a destructive addiction – the UK must kick the habit.

Wearing, David (2017) Making a killing: examining the arms trade.

Wearing, David (2017) Britain should revisit its relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Wearing, David (2015) Is there a future for humanitarian intervention?.


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