Umer Karim

Asian Studies Program

Umer Karim is an Associate Fellow at KFCRIS for the period between July 2020 and June 2023. His research focuses on Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy and politics, in particular Saudi-Iran regional rivalry and the broader geopolitics of the Middle East.

He is a doctoral researcher at Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham. He is also a visiting fellow at Royal United Services Institute, London where he focuses on Pakistan's evolving political and security environment within its neighborhood.


Publications at KFCRIS

"Pakistani–Saudi Ties: Anatomy of a Unique Relationship," Dirasat, 2022.

Political Change in Pakistan: What Should We Expect from the New Sharif Government?,” Commentary, 2022.

“Sino-Indian tensions in Ladakh and impact on Pakistan,"Commentary, 2020.


Major Works

"Inter-Regional Embedded Security Model: Turkish and Emirati Engagement in the Horn of Africa," in Robert Mason and Simon Mabon (eds.), The Gulf States and the Horn of Africa: Interests, Influences and Instability, Manchester University Press, 2022.

"Qatar, Turkey and Pakistan: A Strategic Triad in the Making," Al Jazeera Center for Studies, 2021.

“Pakistan’s Military Steps in to Manage Tense Ties with Saudi Arabia,” AGSIW, 2020.

“Death of Qassem Soleimani: What to Expect in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” RUSI, 2020.

“The Evolution of Saudi Foreign Policy and the Role of Decision-making Processes and Actors,” International Spectator, 2(52), 2017.