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I am a scholar with profound expertise that spans the realms of international politics, geopolitics and the intricate politics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). My research delves into the complexities of the Question of Palestine, EU-MENA relations, colonialism and coloniality and recognition politics. My work has earned recognition in leading international journals British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, European Security, Foreign Policy Analysis, Mediterranean Politics, Settler Colonial Studies, Territory, Politics, Governance, Third World Quarterly, among others.

I am the author of Palestinian Political Discourse (Routledge, 2016) and have recently completed and submitted the draft of my second book, which explores the transformative impact of colonial recognition politics. Beyond my scholarly contributions, I actively participate in public discourse, providing insightful commentary in the media and engaging in conferences and workshops.

As a passionate educator, I have designed and taught courses on topics ranging from coloniality and struggles of recognition to Palestine/Israel and global geopolitics. My commitment to fostering a deep understanding of the Middle East’s history, politics, religions, and conflicts extends beyond classroom teaching. I have actively designed, organised and ran reading and discussion groups and study trips to provide students with a comprehensive grasp of the historical and dynamic geopolitics of the region. Furthermore, I have played a pivotal role in guiding and supervising numerous students in their master’s theses, contributing not only to their intellectual growth but also expanding my own knowledge base. My multifaceted approach to research, teaching, and mentorship reflects a dedication to both academic excellence and the broader dissemination of critical knowledge.

Taught Courses

  • Formal and Informal Colonialism: Knowledge, Transformation and Power. College of Europe 
  • Global Security: Geopolitics and Conflict in the 21st Century. University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy
  • Politics of Recognition. College of Europe 

Reading/discussion groups

  • Coloniality, Conflict and Geopolitics in the Middle East
  • Geopolitics and Conflict within the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Israel-Palestine Conflict

List of publications


Badarin, E. 2016. The Palestinian Political Discourse: between Exile and Occupation. London: Routledge. ISBN-10: 1138101680. (Paperback December 2019)

  • Reviews: Jones, Peter E. 2017. “Palestinian Political Discourse between Exile and Occupation.” Journal of Language and Discrimination 1(1): 106–110.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Badarin, E. (2023) “Politics, Geography and Recognition in the Emerging Multipolar World Order”, Territory, Politics, Governance. DOI:10.1080/21622671.2023.2214172

Badarin, E. (2022) “Afghanistan Beyond Geopolitical Lens”. Forum for International Cultural Relations at the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Institute for Foreign Relations), Stuttgart, Germany. Available in German: Jenseits der geopolitischen Linse (Solicited essay).

Badarin, E. and Schumacher, T. (2022) “The Eastern Mediterranean Energy Bonanza: A Piece in the Regional and Global Geopolitical Puzzle, and the Role of the European Union.” Comparative Southeast European Studies70(3): 414–438.

Badarin, E. 2021. “Politics of Recognition, Elimination and Settler-Colonialism”. Critical Sociology, (49)2: 233-252.DOI: 10.1177/08969205211058452

Badarin, E. 2021. “Localising Resilience: Discursive Projections, Entrapments and Domination”. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 1–16. DOI: 10.1080/13530194.2021.1981234 

Badarin, E. 2021. “Recognition of States and Colonialism in the Twenty-first Century: Western Sahara and Palestine in Sweden’s Recognition Practice”. Third World Quarterly. 42(6): 1276–1294. DOI:10.1080/01436597.2021.1884064

Badarin, E. 2020. “Jordan’s Economic, Security and Political Challenges under Covid-19”. Mediterranean Politics.DOI: 10.1080/13629395.2020.1850624

Badarin, E. 2020. “Politics and Economy of Resilience: EU Resilience-building in Palestine and Jordan and its Disciplinary Governance”. European Security. 30(1): 65–84. DOI: 10.1080/09662839.2020.1828357 

Badarin, E. 2020. “States Recognition in Foreign Policy: The Case of Sweden’s Recognition of Palestine”. Foreign Policy Analysis, 16(1): 78–97.

Badarin, E. 2017. “Palestine: A Protracted Peacebuilding Process”. Conflict and Society: Advances in Research 3: 227–245.

Badarin E. 2015. “Settler-colonialist Management of Entrances to the Native Urban Space in Palestine”. Settler Colonial Studies 5(3): 226–235.

Badarin E. 2015. “Revolutionary Instability: An Opportunity to Construct a Pluralist Political Horizon”. Umran: Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, 11(3): 119–137. (Arabic). 

Book chapters

Badarin E. (2023) “Palestine and EU”. In Gürbey, G., Hofmann, S. and Seyder, F. (eds.) Between Diplomacy and Non-Diplomacy: Foreign relations of Kurdistan-Iraq and PalestineCham: Palgrave Macmillan: 157–178. (Blind reviewed)

Badarin, E. and Wildeman, J. (2022) “Aid, Security and Fortress Europe: EU Development Aid in the Middle East and North Africa”. In: Bouris, D., Huber, D. and Pace, M. (eds.) Routledge Handbook on EU-Middle East Relations. London: Routledge: 401–410. (Blind reviewed) DOI: 10.4324/9780429317873-42

Badarin, E. and Schumacher, T. (2020) “The EU, Resilience and the Southern Neighbourhood After the Arab Uprisings”. In: Cusumano, E. and Hofmaier, S. (eds) Projecting Resilience Across the Mediterranean. Palgrave Macmillan: 63-86. (Blind reviewed)

Badarin, E. (2017) “From Social to Political Sectarianism in the Middle East World”. In: The Sectarian Question the Production of Minorities in the Arab World. Doha: Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies: Chapter 3 (Arabic). (Blind reviewed)

Badarin, E. (2017) “The British Mandate of Palestine: from Colonisation to Settler-Colonialism”. In: Britain’s Legacy in Palestine. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (Blind reviewed)

Analytical commentary

Badarin, E. 2023. Facts bear no weight as EU leaders align with Israel’s genocidal war. Middle East Eye, 30 December.

Badarin, E. 2023. Why Gaza genocide is seen as an existential threat to Jordan. Middle East Eye, 8 December.

Badarin, E, 2023. This is not about Hamas. It’s a 75-year colonial war. Middle East Eye, 17 November.

Badarin, E. 2023. Israel-Palestine war: Gaza has sparked a meltdown in the West’s colonial mindset. Middle East Eye, 16 October.

Badarin, E. 2023. ‘Making the desert bloom’: Why Europe clings to the colonial mindset. Middle East Eye, 5 may. 

Badarin, E. 2022. World Cup 2022: How Arab fans are speaking truth to Israel on Palestine. Middle East Eye, 2 December. 

Badarin E. 2022. ICC: Justice for Ukraine, not Palestine. Middle East Eye, 11 April. Available in French, 18 April: CPI : la justice vaut pour l’Ukraine, mais pas pour la Palestine.

Badarin, E. 2020. Why Israel’s annexation plan is a direct threat to JordanMiddle East Eye, 6 July. 

Badarin, E. 2020. Coronavirus: Global academia gets a taste of the Palestinian lockdownMiddle East Eye, 16 April. 

Badarin, E. 2019. Nothing can destroy the dream of Palestinian liberationMiddle East Eye, 17 July.

Badarin, E. and Wildeman, J. 2019. The ‘Deal of the Century’ condemns Palestinians to endless ApartheidTRT World, 13 May.

Badarin, E. and Wildeman, J. 2019. Rethinking the nature of the Palestinian-Israeli conflictMiddle East Eye, 11 April.

Badarin, E. 2019. EU foreign policy normalises totalitarianism in the Middle East. Middle East Eye, 19 March. 

Badarin, E. and Wildeman, J. 2018. How the EU’s principled pragmatism sows strife in the Middle EastAljazeera, 26 October. 

Solicited book reviews 

Badarin, E. (2021) Review of Social Justice and Israel/Palestine: Foundational and Contemporary Debates by Hahn Tapper, A. and Sucharov, M. eds. Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, 21(1): 126-127. DOI/full/10.1080/14725886.2021.1903233?src=