Umer Karim

Asian Studies Program

Umer Karim is an Associate Fellow at the KFCRIS for the period between July 2020 and June 2022. 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 the 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 the KFCRIS

"Pakistan and Saudi Arabia: Anatomy of a Unique Relationship - from Interpersonal to Institutional Engagement," Dirasat, 2020. 

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


Major Works

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

“Who Can Lead the Muslim World? The View from Islamabad,” LSE Blogs, 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.