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
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 Britain’s relationship with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, and Western foreign policy in the Middle East more generally. His PhD thesis analyses the enduring material structures of these relationships, covering trade and investment, arms sales and military cooperation, and the geopolitics of energy.

David teaches courses on international relations, Middle East politics, and global history. He also co-convenes the SOAS Summer School course, ‘The Middle East in Global Politics’. He has previously taught courses on international political economy, and problems of development in the Middle East. He was a Visiting Lecturer teaching international relations theory at University of Westminster during autumn term 2013-2014.

David has written numerous articles on international and domestic politics for outlets such as The Guardian, CNN, Al Jazeera, The New Statesman, openDemocracy and New Humanist. He has also produced in-depth policy briefings for NGOs such as War On Want and Campaign Against Arms Trade.

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).
Journal articles

“Militarism or Internationalism: British Foreign Policy at a Crossroads”, Soundings, 62, Spring 2016, p121-137

Conference Papers



British foreign policy; politics and international relations of the Middle East; international political economy; historical materialism; modern history of imperialism; postcolonialism; racism.