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Mr Jacopo Scita

Doctoral Research Student

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Doctoral Research Student in the School of Government and International Affairs  
Member of the Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies  


Mr Jacopo Scita joined the School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA) in October 2018 as H.H. Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah doctoral fellow.

In his doctoral research, Jacopo investigates the role played by China in the negotiations that led to the approval of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran Deal. The project aims to shed lights on the status of the Sino-Iranian relations, one of the most intriguing and complex ramifications of the growing Chinese involvement in the Middle East and North Africa.

Before joining Durham University, Jacopo completed the MSc in Middle East Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS). His Master dissertation, which explored the connections between the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the concept of resistance, was supervised by Professor Arshin Adib-Moghaddam. He also holds a BA cum laude in International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs from the University of Bologna.

Jacopo's analyses and commentaries have appeared in international outlets and think tanks such as Fair Observer, LSE Middle East Centre blog, Global Policy Journal and the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI). He is also a regular contributor to the Italian magazine Pandora - Rivista di teoria e politica.

Research interests

  • Iran Foreign Policy
  • China-Iran relations
  • Iran Deal (JCPOA)
  • China in MENA
  • International Relations of the Middle East
  • International Relations Theory

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