Dr Neil Partrick has been working on the Middle East since studying at the University of London (SOAS) in 1991-92. From 1993-95 he was based in Jerusalem where he was editor and researcher at the Palestinian institute, Panorama. He subsequently worked as a researcher for several MPs in the UK parliament and later provided expert testimony on UK-Saudi relations for the Foreign Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commons.

From 1998-2002 he was head of the Middle East and North Africa section at the defence and security institute, RUSI, in Whitehall, London, and was an editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit (part of The Economist Group) from 2002-07.  In 2006 he obtained a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE) with a thesis on Kuwaiti foreign policy.

From 2008, Neil taught politics, history and philosophy at the American University of Sharjah, the University of Westminster and Middlesex University respectively, and wrote extensively on politics and security issues in the Gulf. This included three papers published by the LSE’s Kuwait Programme: Nationalism in the Gulf (2009), GCC: Integration or Cooperation? (2011), and Saudi-Jordanian Relations(2013).

Neil was lead contributor and editor of Saudi Arabian Foreign Policy: Conflict & Cooperation published by IB Tauris in 2016. The second, updated, edition was published in April 2018. He is currently resident in the UK.

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