Imad El Anis

Imad El-Anis

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences


Dr Imad El-Anis is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations with teaching responsibilities at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He also supervisors and examines PhD candidates.

Imad is the Leader for a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules and is also the Course Leader for the MA International Relations. As well as leading modules, he also teaches on a range of modules level including in the following areas: International Relations Theory, International Political Economy, Foreign Policy, International Security, and the International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa.

Along with teaching responsibilities and related administrative roles pertaining to module management, Imad is also a member of a number of School- and College-wide working groups and committees, including the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences' Research Degrees Committee; the School of Social Sciences' Research Ethics Committee; and the Department of Politics and International Relations' Research Committee.

Career overview

Imad has a BA (Hons) degree in International Relations (Nottingham Trent University, 2003), an MA in International Political Economy (University of Sheffield, 2005), a PhD in International Political Economy (Nottingham Trent University, 2008) and a PGCHE (Nottingham Trent University, 2009). Imad has taught in higher education for over ten years and is a fellow of the British Higher Education Academy as well as a number of international academic associations including:

  • The International Studies Association
  • The British International Studies Association
  • The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies
  • The European International Studies Association
  • The Middle East Studies Association
  • The European Consortium for Political Research.

He appears regularly in major British and international media (including BBC News, Channel 4 News, the British Press Association, Reuters, The Times, The Independent, The Guardian) commenting on Middle Eastern affairs and has acted as a consultant for government and private sector actors.

Research areas

Imad is an active scholar and his current research focuses on several aspects of the political economy of the Middle East and North Africa, including the following: examining economic integration and political cooperation in the region; energy security and nuclear energy proliferation; freshwater scarcity and foreign policy; and economic neoliberalism and public dissent. Dr El-Anis' work is most closely associated with critical versions of liberal institutionalism, commercial institutional peace theory, and small states theory. He is currently writing a monograph on the political economy of Jordan.

Imad has supervised academic research at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the following areas: the international relations of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA); International Political Economy; multilateral and bilateral trade liberalisation; globalisation; international institutions; crisis management; conflict resolution; and IR theory.

He has previously supervised eleven PhD candidates to completion for the following projects:

  1. 2009, US-Jordanian Relations in the 2000s.
  2. 2013, A Critical Evaluation of the Securitization Process of EU-Russian Energy Relations: Actors, audiences and consequence.
  3. 2014, Libya and Britain: A Study of the history of British-Libyan Relations 1969-1979.
  4. 2015, The Role of the Central Bank of Libya in an Era of Globalisation.
  5. 2015, National and International Crisis Management: A case study of Darfur.
  6. 2015 The United States Variable in the Security of the Persian/Arabian Gulf from 2000-2012.
  7. 2016, Interrogating Frustration-Aggression from Environmental Degradation in the Niger Delta Conflict.
  8. 2016, The Impact of Globalisation on the Libyan Oil and Gas Sectors.
  9. 2016, Constructing a Tacit Alliance: The political economy of Iranian-Chinese relations.
  10. 2018, An Assessment of the Economic and Political Impacts of the Agadir Agreement: Promoting peace and stability in the Middle East and North Africa.
  11. 2018, The Influence of US Foreign Aid on Jordan’s Foreign Policy Making.

He is currently supervising five PhD candidates working on the following projects:

  1. A Critical Investigation of Power and Ideology in the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
  2. The Political Economy of Energy Security and Nuclear Energy Proliferation in the Middle East.
  3. Inside Outside: The role of the Maghreb in migratory routes to Southern Europe.
  4. Food Security Resilience in Post-Conflict Libya.
  5. The Long Road Back from Camelot: The Minerva Initiative and the United States Quest for Lasting Peace.

Current PhD Students

  • Alexander Baxter
  • Jan Nathrath
  • Rosalie Clarke
  • Amy Manktelow
  • Rashd Al-Swesi

Dr El-Anis has also acted as an Examiner for the following PhD projects:

  1. The Disputed Areas from Powder Keg to Stability: The case of Kirkuk – applying territorial separation, University of Nottingham, 2018.
  2. The Impacts of Social Networks on Saudi Arabian Media and Society, and Their Implications for Professional Journalism, Nottingham Trent University, 2018.
  3. The GCC Common Market and the Internationalisation of SMEs: The case of Oman. King’s College London, 2017.
  4. A History of Saudi Foreign Policy – From Reaction to Proactivity. University of East Anglia, 2017.
  5. The Politics of the International Law of Conflict Management: A case study of the India-Bangladesh land border dispute. Nottingham Trent University, 2017.
  6. China’s Relations with the Arab Gulf Monarchies: Three case studies. University of Leicester, 2016.
  7. Saudi Arabia and Communism During the Cold War: King Faisal’s foreign policy to the Soviet Union 1962-1975. University of Durham, 2016.
  8. The Role of Renewable Energy Options in Easing Energy Security Concerns in Saudi Arabia. Nottingham Trent University, 2016.
  9. The Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood: From participation to Boycott. University of East Anglia, 2015.
  10. US Trade Policy in the Middle East: A comparative analysis between Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan. King’s College London, 2014.
  11. The Impact of the Collapse of the Soviet Union on Libyan Foreign Policy Between 1991-2003. Nottingham Trent University, 2014.

External activity

Imad is a Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy and is a member of the following associations and research centres:

  • The International Studies Association
  • The British International Studies Association
  • The European International Studies Association
  • The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies
  • The Middle East Studies Association
  • The European Consortium for Political Research
  • The World Economics Association
  • The Middle East and North Africa Research Cluster (NTU).

Imad is also an Associate editor for The Central European Journal of International and Security Studies, and an anonymous reviewer for Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, Wiley Blackwell, The Journal of Politics and Law, and The US-China Law Review.

Sponsors and collaborators

Current and previous sponsors include:

  • The International Studies Association
  • The British International Studies Association
  • The European International Studies Association

Current and previous collaborators include:

  • Dr Mohammed Al-Khraisha, The University of Jordan, Jordan
  • Dr Ali Sen, Inonu University, Turkey
  • Dr Ashraf Hamed, Al-Khoms University, Libya
  • Dr Chris Farrands, NTU, UK
  • Dr Olga Khrushcheva, Manchester Metropolitan, UK
  • Dr Ashraf Mishrif, University of Qatar, Qatar
  • Professor Lloyd Pettiford, NTU, UK
  • Dr Roy Smith, NTU, UK
  • Dr Selahhadin Bakan, Inonu University, Turkey
  • Professor P. R. Kumaraswamy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
  • Dr Angelo Bisignano, NTU, UK
  • Dr Tarik Oumazzane, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Dr Emel Parlar Dal, Marmara University, Turkey
  • Dr Artur Malantowicz, Network on Humanitarian Action, Belgium
  • Dr Marianna Poberezhskaya, NTU, UK
  • Dr Natasha Underhill, NTU, UK
  • Dr Sahra Joharchi, NTU, UK
  • Jan Nathrath, NTU, UK

Press expertise

  • Politics and international relations of the Middle East and North Africa
  • International security
  • Democratisation
  • Revolutions

Imad has been interviewed by, and has written pieces for, UK and international media outlets in the following formats: Print, Online, TV and Radio formats. In particular, he is able to comment on the politics and international relations of the Middle East and North Africa, especially issues related to the Arab Spring, democratisation, conflicts and revolution.

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