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 geopolitics at various universities and business schools in several countries across the world including in France, 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. He specializes in the politics of North Africa, Maghreb-Sahel security, and foreign policies of the great powers in North Africa, among other areas.

Zoubir has published extensively internationally, and his latest edited volume is Routledge’s Companion to China and the Middle East and North Africa (2023). He has also published several books and book chapters in international politics, as well as dozens of articles in academic journals, such as the 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.

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.


Why was Algeria's candidacy not retained in BRICS, and how can the period before potential future membership be utilized to elevate its global standing through domestic reforms and strategic initiatives?
Yahia H. Zoubir, Xuanrong Wu
As the war on Gaza continues, China is increasingly positioning itself as a counter to the U.S. and Western European approach, emphasizing diplomacy and a need to address root causes of conflict.
Yahia H. Zoubir
As a military coup in Niger threatens to destabilize its surrounding regions, the prospect of foreign military intervention only risks a larger catastrophe.
Yahia H. Zoubir, Abdelkader Abderrahmane
With great power competition on the rise and U.S. dominance in the Middle East in decline, regional states are diversifying their strategic partnerships. In addition to deepening ties with China and Russia, several MENA states have signaled their interest in joining groupings that are challenging the Western-dominated economic and political order.
Adel Abdel Ghafar, Yahia H. Zoubir
In a letter addressed to United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken on September 29, U.S. Congresswoman Lisa McClain (R-MI) and 26 of her colleagues called for imposing sanctions on Algeria through the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). The move is ostensibly connected to the war in Ukraine and the intensifying competition between… Continue reading Why the U.S. Congressional Effort to Pressure Algeria on Russia Could Backfire
Yahia H. Zoubir, Hana El Shehaby