Hichem Karoui


Writer /Journalist/ Senior Researcher: London

Published over 30 books and counting, (translations not included).
Authored co-authored, edited, and published hundreds of daily/ weekly/ monthly briefings, reports and analyses, peer-reviewed articles, monographs, and books, about MENA region and international politics.
Participated in many international conferences, either on the panel, as a member of the organizing team, or as a journalist.
Has been involved with the media since his early career, thus serving in different posts: reporter, investigation journalist, copy editor, cultural journalism, political journalism, editorialist, and Executive Editor.
Translated several books/documents. Also reviewed translations for publishers.
Member of several academic boards.
Veteran columnist and commentator for the media.
Ranking in the top 10%of Authors by all-time downloads on Social Science Research Network.

Research interests

Regional and international relations: MENA-Europe. USA, China, and major powers. Islam and Islamism issues. Power building, political risks, and conflicts.

2022 Founder and Director of the Global East-West LTD (London)
2020 Executive Director at The Gulf Futures Center (GFC) in London/ Senior Researcher.
2018 Senior Fellow (Non-Resident) Charigo Center for International Economic Cooperation (CCIEC, Beijing). International Relations Consultant for CIBD (London).
2016 Consultant for Underscore Media, EPC (UAE). Europe and MENA Region. And Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for China and Globalization. Beijing. China.
Since 2015 Columnist-commentator, and free-lance analyst for varied media outlets: CGTN (ex-CCTV) News, Beijing Review.
October 2013- 2019 Consultant at the Diplomatic Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Doha, Qatar.
Until July 2013 Newspaper Columnist for The Gulf Today (UAE) and Al-Madinah (KSA).
2011- 2013 Fellow Researcher at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (Doha, Qatar): Coordinator of the Political Unit. Head of Electronic publishing.
Until August 2011 Centre d’Etudes de l’Orient contemporain (Contemporary Orient Studies Center: Sorbonne University, Paris). Columnist and Paris Bureau Chief of Al-Arab Daily Newspaper (London).
2009, a researcher at the Sorbonne’s Center for contemporary orient studies (Paris III), founded and edited a peer-reviewed academic journal, Middle East Studies, in which several renowned scholars have served as members of the international Editorial Board.


2015-2017 Free-lance columnist for CCTV Panview; CGTN; Beijing Review; Chine-Afrique (Chinafrica)…Etc.
2009-2013 Columnist for the English-speaking daily, The Gulf Today (UAE).
1998 – 2011 (Paris)
Columnist for “Awan” (Koweït) and al-Khaleej (UAE).
France Editor for World Security Network (New York).
Daily column « Trends » for “Al Arab” newspaper. London.
Contributor for varied Arabic, English, and French-speaking media outlets:
Arab News (Jeddah).
Al Sharq al Awsat (London).
Middle East Intelligence Bulletin (New York).
Arab Media Internet Network (Internews-Middle East).
Media Monitors Network (California).
Palestine Chronicle (Seattle).
Middle-East News Online (N.Carolina).
Middle East Online (London). Etc.

1993-1998 (Tunis-based) Writing a daily column (Tayyarat: Trends) for « Al Arab », London.
1986-1992 (Tunis) Correspondent and international reporter for varied Arabic and non-Arabic media outlets, among which: Afaq Arabiyya, Alif Ba, al Thawra (Iraq), Le Monde diplomatique (France)…Translated books.
1982- 1985 (Tunis) Reporter and Editor for the independent weekly “Réalités”. International Affairs Columnist and Political analyst for “Al Amal”. Contributed articles for “Etudes internationales”, Journal of the International Studies association. Tunis. Contributed articles also for Al Fikr, al Fikr al Arabi (Beirut), Al Hayat al Thaqafiyya, al-Maghrib al Arabi, Al Wahda (Morocco), etc….Translated books for varied publishers.
1979-1981(Beirut-Based) Editor in charge of cultural pages of « Al Mouqif al Arabi », a weekly Lebanese magazine. Translated literary books for Beirut publishers.

Where to find Hichem Karoui online


The Morning of the Mogul
This is the story of two successive military coups in an Arab country. The first is accomplished by a republican secularist junta and the second by Islamists. The narrator, Bassam Bourasin, an eccentric and zealous bank clerk, decides to write down a top-secret report, to protest against his incarceration by the new regime. His purpose was to clean up himself from the heavy charges he was facing and prove that he was well devoted to the new masters of the country. As the narrative develops, he unveils many details about his life in his village, ‘Ouja, and his new condition in jail. Thus, he tells the reader about his obsessions and secret ambitions, his old mother living in the past with the British settlers, his fiancee Dalila whose hugging or kissing is forbidden to him by social traditions, and his secret archives where he had managed to record for the posterity many details concerning life and people of ‘Ouja. That entire world collapsed when a coup overthrew the King, and the big purge started. What happened to him and his boss, Mr Aroussi, was all the more painful that the man for whom he was working as a snitch, the mighty chief of the party’s cell, Hamda La’war, was still f


Poetry and Mandalas
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 5,460. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2022 . Categories: Poetry » Spiritual, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love
Throughout this book, the poet investigates the spiritual and creative potential of combining poetry and meditation inside a space-time geometry based on ancient patterns. This collection of poetry with Mandalas is intended to assist readers in developing a deeper feeling of meditation and inner calm.
Party's Gone? Patria Too
Series: The Morning of the Mogul, 5. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,060. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
In Book (5), Bassam Bourasin witnesses an insurgency overthrowing a dictatorship to install another in the name of religion. As he analyses the events leading up to his detention, he begins to assume that his "angels" are members of the invisible state police and the Muslim Brothelhood. Had he misinterpreted the cause of his incarceration?
The Muslim Brothelhood in the Bastille
Series: The Morning of the Mogul, 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,810. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literature » Literary
In this fourth volume, Bassam Bourasin continues his hurly-burly speculation on the conspiracy of the cooks, members of the Global corporation of the Muslim Brothelhood. He fights on all fronts: Rats, angels, aliens, and the Multinational Muslim BrotheLhood Corporation, hijacking women and forcing them to work for the company.
The Morning of the Mogul: Couvolution and Cooks' Conspiracy
Series: The Morning of the Mogul, 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 23,650. Language: British English. Published: October 15, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
In this third volume of the series, Bassam Bourasin, a Bank clerk, who serves as a jail librarian, discovers a third career path as a voluntary Secret Agent. His unrelenting zeal for the Administration (that interned him) and for "our BGP" (Beloved General President) leads him to another "breakthrough": the conspiracy of the cooks against the Couvolution and the New Era.
The Morning of the Mogul: James Bond in Jail
Series: The Morning of the Mogul, 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,020. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Volume 2 in The Morning of the Mogul: Bassam Bourasin, settled as a librarian, starts noting his thoughts about dubious traffic happening between the kitchen and the towers..,.
The Morning of the Mogul: Arrival
Series: The Morning of the Mogul, 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,870. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Arrival is the first instalment in a serialised 7 segment novel, describing a country struggling with its demons. The autocratic regime takes several facades and different denominations to survive. And so do the characters of this story. A jailed bank clerk, a journalist, a drug dealer, Islamist radicals, and others representing different levels of society, interact and fight, like the country.