Ahmed Aboudouh

Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme


Ahmed Aboudouh is an associate fellow with the Chatham House Middle East and North Africa Programme, based in London. He is a foreign affairs, security and geopolitics specialist. He focuses on China’s rising influence in the MENA region, Gulf geopolitics, the US-China competition and its implications worldwide.

He is a nonresident fellow with the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, and currently heads the China Studies research unit at the Emirates Policy Center (EPC). Previously, Ahmed held the position of consultant editor at The Independent, where he played a key role in building the paper’s partnerships with the most influential Middle East publishing powerhouses and contributed to the newspaper’s overseas coverage.

He holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, with a specific focus on China’s influence and great power competition in the MENA region.

Past experience


Nonresident Fellow, Atlantic Council


Head of China Studies, Emirates Policy Center


MA International Relations, War Studies, King’s College London


Consultant Editor, The Independent


Assistant Editor-in-Chief, Al Arab