Aisha Al-Sarihi

Nonresident Fellow


Aisha Al-Sarihi is a nonresident fellow at the Middle East Council on Global Affairs. She is a research fellow at the National University of Singapore’s Middle East Institute and a nonresident fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.

Al-Sarihi’s areas of research include political economy, environmental sustainability, energy policy, renewables, and climate policies, with a focus on the Arab region. She has authored several publications, including articles in the Journal of Aerosol and Air Quality Research, Renewable Energy, and the Climate Policy Journal.

Previously, Al-Sarihi was a research associate at King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center and a visiting scholar at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. She was also a visiting fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington and served as a research officer at the London School of Economics and Political Science’s Middle East Centre.

Al-Sarihi’s research has been featured in different international media outlets including Reuters, Associated Press, The New Arab, Arab News, and Asia Times, among many others.

Research Areas

  • Climate policy and governance
  • Energy transition
  • Energy geopolitics
  • Climate change and security

Countries of Focus

  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
  • Oman
  • Qatar

Other Areas of Interest

  • Political economy of climate action
  • GCC-Southeast Asia relations


  • Ph.D., Environmental Policy, Imperial College, London, 2018
  • M.Sc., Environmental Science, Sultan Qaboos, 2011
  • B.Sc., Science Education, Sultan Qaboos, 2009


Can Gulf states overcome longstanding obstacles to cooperate and meaningfully address climate change?
Mehran Haghirian, Aisha Al-Sarihi
As the UAE gears up to host COP28, questions persist as to the sincerity of the oil exporting countries of the Gulf in addressing climate change. They should be judged according to their actions.
Aisha Al-Sarihi, Abdalftah Hamed Ali
The expansion of BRICS, announced at the August summit in South Africa, signals an emerging shift in the international order. Middle East Council experts analyze the significance of the bloc on the global stage and discuss questions raised at the summit about multipolarity, de-dollarization, and more.
Galip Dalay, Beverley Milton Edwards, Aisha Al-Sarihi, Shahram Akbarzadeh, Adel Abdel Ghafar, Ranj Alaaldin, June Park, Oumeyma Chelbi, Abdalftah Hamed Ali