Yahia H. Zoubir

Nonresident Senior Fellow


Yahia Zoubir is a nonresident senior fellow at the Middle East Council on Global Affairs. He is also a professor of International Studies and director of research in Geopolitics at KEDGE Business School, France since 2005. Previously, he taught at Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management in Arizona. Zoubir has also taught at several universities across the world including in the United States, China, Europe, and the Middle East and North Africa region. In 2020, Zoubir was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center.

Zoubir has published several books and book chapters in international politics, as well as dozens of articles in academic journals, such as Journal of Contemporary China, Foreign Affairs, and Mediterranean Politics. He has contributed to various articles in encyclopedias, such as the Oxford Research Encyclopedia on Politics and Religion. Zoubir’s most recent research is on China’s health diplomacy and China’s Health Silk Road. His forthcoming edited volume is Handbook on China Middle East and North Africa Relations (Routledge, 2022).

Zoubir was the editor-in-chief of two academic journals published by Wiley in New York. He also serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals, such as the Journal of North African Studies and the Asian Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.

Zoubir has been interviewed on various topics by major international newspapers, radio, and TV stations such as Channel Africa Radio, China Radio International, The Globe & Mail, DW News, BBC World Service, and Le Monde, among many others.

Research Areas

  • Politics of North Africa
  • Maghreb-Sahel security
  • China- MENA relations
  • Russia-US foreign policy in North Africa

Countries of Focus

  • Algeria
  • Libya
  • Maghreb
  • China
  • United States

Other Areas of Interest

  • African development
  • African peace and security
  • Regional conflicts in North Africa and the Sahel


  • Ph.D., International relations, The American University, Washington, D.C.
  • M.A., International affairs & International development, The American University, 1979.
  • B.A., Political science, University of Algiers, 1974.


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