SCIENCES PO PARIS, 2012-present: 

  • “Regional systems in the Middle East”: This course provides an analysis of the regional system and international relations of Arab world. After discussing International Relations theories and their relevance for the study of the Middle East, we will examine the genealogy and main features of the Arab regional system: in particular, we will analyze such issues as the role of pan-Arabism, the interaction between “logic of the state” and “logic of the nation”, and the politics of oil in the region. The course will also examine the foreign policy-making of « small states » such as Lebanon and Qatar, and the role and significance of these states in the Arab regional system. Turning our attention to non-Arab powers in the Middle East, we will examine Turkey’s rapprochement vis-à-vis the Arab world under the AKP rule, before discussing the role of Iran in the region. We will also study the role of the United States and the Obama administration in affecting the Arab regional system. Debating the new political context of the Arab world, we will finally consider the emergence of “new” actors (the Kurds, The Islamic State) and we will examine the extent to which “Arab revolutions” have affected the regional balance of power and the international relations of Arab states.
  • “Politics and Society of a Regional Power : the case of Turkey in the 20th and 21st centuries”: Built around lectures and student presentations, this course explores the underlying social, political and economic dynamics at work in Turkey, and offers to relocate current events in the country within a broader historical and geopolitical perspective.  
  • “States, Societies, and the Arab Regional System”: This course provides an analysis of the political economy, sociology and foreign policies of Arab states. The course examines the genealogy and features of the Middle East regional system, the significance of regional alliances, and the role of non-Arab powers in the Middle East. The course also questions the political economy of the Arab states and the relevance of oil as an explanatory factor of the foreign policies of rentier states. Debating the new political context of the Arab world, the course finally examines the extent to which Arab revolutions have challenged the key features of state-society relations in the region, and analyses the new regional balance of power that is currently taking shape.
  • “Coping with Multipolarity: the challenges of U.S. Foreign Policy”: This course explores the political, economic and military challenges facing U.S. foreign policy-making under the Obama administration. The course considers the characteristics of American foreign policy after the Cold War, the importance of the Bush legacy, and the complexity of the decision-making process. It also focuses on the rise of China and the shift toward a multipolar world, the challenges posed by the nascent Arab Spring revolutions, the enduring Arab-Israeli conflict, and the deteriorating transatlantic relations. It concludes with an assessment of the future of American power and an analysis of the literature on the U.S. decline.
  • World Politics: Dynamics, Actors, Systems”: This course is at the intersection of political economy, international relations, sociology, and geopolitics. It examines the consequences that the globalization process has had on the transformation of world politics and traditional diplomacies. First it explores the growing interdependence between the different actors of the global space, namely states, markets, civil society (NGOs), and transnational actors. Second, it analyzes the governance issues and challenges posed by globalization, and the need for states to elaborate new tools and practices of international cooperation. In the final part, it assesses the effects of these changes on the Westphalia system and on the traditional forms of power and regulation.

UNIVERSITY OF SAINT JOSEPH (USJ), Beirut, 2016- present:

  • “International Political Economy”: This course serves as an introduction to the discipline of IPE. It examines the various schools and theoretical approaches for analyzing the relationship between economics and politics, and enlists these different approaches to address a variety of topics and issues related to IPE – from the internationalization of production to the challenges of financial liberalization, international development, the effects of globalization and the transformation of the state.
  • “Globalization and regionalism”: This course examines the interconnection between global and regional dynamics. It studies regionalism from an economic and political perspectives, based on case studies (TAFTA, ASEAN, EU).

UNIVERSITY OF CA’FOSCARI, Venice, Italy; visiting professor, April 2016 and November 2016:

  • Master in Democratic Governance, Human Rights, and Democracy in the MENA Region, European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratization
  • Teaching a course titled : “Rentier state, clientelism and corruption in MENA”

NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY OF LOUAIZE (NDU), September 2013- February 2014

  • Elements of Globalization”: This course is intended as an introduction to the causes, nature, dynamics, and effects of the process of globalization. The course begins with an analysis of the definitions of “globalization”, before proceeding to an in-depth examination of various topics and issues related to this phenomenon. Such topics include global production and the post-war trading regime, cultural globalization and the rise of fundamentalism and religious backlash, the role of non-state actors and transnational movements, migrations, the rise of inequalities and the theories of development. The course concludes with a discussion of the limits and future of globalization, and alternatives to it.


  • “States, societies and minorities in the Middle East”, with Professor Alain Dieckhoff and Dr Laurence Louer, 1/2015 – 5/2015
  • “Conflict and negotiations in the Middle East”, with Professor Jean-Pierre Filiu, 9/2012-1/2013
  • “Revolution and Resilience in the Middle East”, with Professor Hazem Kandil, 9/2015-1/2016
  • “The sociology of the Arab State”, with Dr Stéphane Lacroix, 9/2012-1/2013
  • “The rise of a multipolar world and its implications for Europe”, with Professor Zaki Laïdi, 9/2011-5/2012