Jonathan Fulton

Assistant Professor

Jonathan Fulton is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Zayed University, in Abu Dhabi, UAE.  He received his PhD in International Relations from the University of Leicester, UK, where his dissertation focused on China’s relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council member states.  He has written widely on China-Middle East relations for both academic and popular publications.  He is the author of the China’s Relations with the Gulf Monarchies and co-editor of External Power and the Gulf Monarchies.


Ph. D., Political Science, University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom, 2017

M. A., International Policy and Diplomacy, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom, 2010

M.Ed., Teaching Second Languages, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia, 2005

B. A., Political Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, 1997


International Studies Association

Association of Asian Studies

Association of Chinese Political Studies

Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies

Research and Professional Activities

Research Interests

  • International Relations
  • China-GCC relations
  • China's Belt and Road Initiative
  • International Relations of the Gulf
  • Chinese foreign policy

Current Projects

  • Regions in the Belt and Road Initiative (edited book)
  • The Belt and Road Initiative and Middle East states
  • Chinese foreign policy in the Belt and Road Era
  • The Gulf as a theater of competition

Teaching Areas

  • Special Topics: Chinese Foreign Policy
  • Comparative Political Systems of East Asia
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • East Asian Society and Culture
  • International Relations of the Gulf
  • State, Society, and the Economy in East Asia
  • Independent Studies
  • Social and Economic Trends in the Gulf


Fulton, J., China’s Relations with the Gulf Monarchies. (London: Routledge 2018)

Li-Chen Sim and Fulton J., eds., External Powers and the Gulf Monarchies. (London: Routledge, 2018)

Refereed Journal Articles

Fulton, J., “The Gulf Between the Indo-Pacific and the Belt and Road Initiative,” Rising Powers Quarterly, Vol. 3 No. 2 (2018), pp. 175-193.

Qian Xuming and Fulton, J., “China-Gulf Economic Relationship Under the ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative,” Asian Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Vol. 11 No. 3 (2017), pp. 12-21.

Book Chapters

Li-Chen Sim and Fulton, J. “Quo Vadis? External Powers in a Changing Gulf Region,” in Li-Chen Sim and Jonathan Fulton, eds., External Powers and the Arab Gulf Monarchies. (London: Routledge, 2018)

Fulton, J., “Striking a Balance Between Economics and Security: China’s Relations with the Gulf Monarchies,” in Li-Chen Sim and Jonathan Fulton, eds., External Powers and the Arab Gulf Monarchies.  (London: Routledge, 2018)

Web-based Publications

“China’s Power in the Middle East is Rising” Washington Post Monkey Cage Blog, August 9, 2018,

“For China, the Belt and Road Run Through the Middle East“ South China Morning Post, July 14, 2018,

“China’s Approach to the Gulf Dispute” China Policy Institute: Analysis, May 3, 2018,