Dr. Naser Al-Tamimi is a UK-based political economist focused on the Gulf/Middle East region with research interests in energy and Arab/GCC - Asia/China relations. He received his PhD in international relations from Durham University in the United Kingdom, where his thesis focused on China’s relations with Saudi Arabia. His prior work concerns GCC and Middle Eastern economies, where he has worked almost two decades as a researcher and Journalist for several leading Arab institutions, in the United Kingdom and some Arab countries, including the Arab League and Asharq Al-Awsat pan-Arab newspaper in London.
He has written widely on matters concerning Saudi Arabia, Gulf and Middle East for both academic and popular publications. His writings have been featured in several major research centres including: The Brookings Institution, The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), Middle East Institute, Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), Durham University, Gulf Research Centre, Al Jazeera Centre for Studies, Centre for Arab Unity Studies, and Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies. He is the author of China-Saudi Arabia Relations, 1990-2012: Marriage of Convenience or Strategic Alliance, Routledge, 2014.