Dr David Wearing

Personal profile

David joined the department in 2017 as a Teaching Fellow in International Relations, running courses on US foreign policy and Non-State Violence, and designing and introducing a new postgraduate course on the political economy of the Middle East. 

Prior to this David completed his PhD on UK relations with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab monarchies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, passing with no corrections.

Research interests

David's broad research agenda concerns UK foreign relations in the global south, exploring continuities with the days of formal empire. His primary specialism is the political economy of the ties between Britain and the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE and Oman). His research covers the geopolitics of oil and gas, trade and investment, arms sales and military cooperation. He takes a particular interest in the British government's response to the 2011 Arab uprisings in the Gulf, and its support for the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen's civil war that commenced in 2015.

His book "AngloArabia: Why Gulf Wealth Matters To Britain" is published by Polity in September 2017.

David's next project will examine the changing ways in which 'orientalist' discourses and subjectivities continue to inform UK foreign relations in the Middle East, particularly in respect of support for authoritarian regimes and how that support is explained and justified by elites.

Teaching

Undergraduate

  • PR3620: US Foreign Policy

Postgraduate

  • PR5908: Issues in United States Foreign Policy
  • PR5954: The Political Economy of the Middle East
  • PR5939: Non-State Violence as a Challenge to Security

Other work

David has contributed comment and analysis for the BBC, the Guardian, CNN, the New Statesman, openDemocracy, New Humanist and Novara Media on a number of occasions. He has also produced reearch briefings for Campaign Against Arms Trade, War On Want and Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

 

Selected media articles, videos, and NGO reports

 

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