Imad El Anis

Imad El-Anis

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Role

Imad El-Anis is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations with teaching responsibilities on the BA (Hons) International Relations, BA (Hons) Joint Honours Humanities, BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations and MA International Relations courses.

Imad is the module leader for a number of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level and is also the Course Leader for the MA International Relations degree. As well as leading modules, he also teaches on a range of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate 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 Division of Politics and International Relations' Research Committee.

Career overview

Imad El-Anis has supervised academic research at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the following issue areas: the international relations of the Middle East and North Africa; International Political Economy; multilateral and bilateral trade liberalisation and globalisation; international institutions; and crisis management. Imad's work is most closely associated with critical versions of liberal institutionalism and uses mixed methodological approaches. He has previously supervised five PhD candidates to completion and is currently supervising a further seven candidates. His past and current PhD candidates conduct research in the following areas:

  • Energy Security in Russian-EU Relations
  • US-Jordanian Security Relations
  • Crisis Management in Darfur
  • Globalisation and Central Bank Policy in Libya
  • US Security Policy in the Persian Gulf
  • Foreign Aid and Governmental Policy in Jordan
  • Migration and EU-North Africa Policy
  • Libyan-British Relations Between 1969-1979
  • Saudi Arabian Foreign Policy Towards Israel
  • The UN Special Tribunal and Lebanon
  • Iranian-Chinese Relations Since 2000
  • Globalisation and the Political Economy of Hydrocarbons in Libya.

Imad El-Anis 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 and 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 El-Anis is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations and 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 and globalisation; international institutions; and crisis management.

Dr El-Anis' work is most closely associated with critical versions of liberal institutionalism and uses mixed methodological approaches. He has previously supervised two PhD candidates to completion and is currently supervising ten candidates working on the following projects: Crisis Management in Darfur, Globalisation and Central Bank Policy in Libya, US Security Policy in the Persian Gulf, Foreign Aid and Governmental Policy in Jordan, Migration and EU-North Africa Policy, Libyan-British Relations Between 1969-1979, Saudi Arabian Foreign Policy Towards Israel, The UN Special Tribunal and Lebanon, Iranian-Chinese Relations Since 2000, Globalisation and the Political Economy of Hydrocarbons in Libya.

His current research focuses examining economic integration and political cooperation in the MENA. This work explores the phenomena associated with regional economic integration which has long been a policy objective of governments in the MENA and has led to the development of a number of bilateral, multilateral and region-wide projects.

In particular the creation of preferential trade agreements in the form of free trade agreements (FTAs) and economic unions have sought to facilitate intra-regional trade and promote economic productivity in member states (in other words trade creation and not trade diversion). Many existing studies have sought to analyse the effectiveness of these policies in terms of their impact on economic development (which has been widely seen as the driving force behind these agreements) by using various methodological approaches that have favoured quantitative methods and positivist analysis.

Imad's research seeks to develop our understanding of the interests driving these policies, as well as their effectiveness in both economic and political terms. Using a mixed methodology and institutionalist theoretical assumptions this project explores the integrative impacts of various agreements, such as the Greater Arab Free Trade Area, on political and economic relationships.

Imad El-Anis' major interests include the following areas:

  • the international relations of the Middle East and North Africa
  • International Political Economy
  • international and global trade patterns and relationships
  • US foreign and trade policy
  • crisis management
  • energy security.

Current PhD Students Terfa Elfayez (Director of studies) PhD student

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

Current and previous collaborators include:

  • Dr Mohammed Al-Khraisha, the University of Applied Sciences, Jordan
  • Professor Lloyd Pettiford, NTU
  • Dr Roy Smith, NTU
  • Dr Chris Farrands, NTU
  • Dr Bashar Malkawi, Hashemite University, Jordan
  • Dr Selahhadin Bakan, Inonu University, Malatya, Turkey
  • Dr Ashraf Hamed, Al-Khoms University, Libya
  • Dr Olga Khrushcheva, Manchester Metropolitan, 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 over 100 times 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.