James Cockayne has been Managing Editor at MEES since 2013, spearheading the modernization of the publication with the greatly increased use of data analytics. As well as overseeing copy as a whole he regularly writes on overarching themes and has a particular fondness for Mauritania. Prior to taking over as editor James was North Africa Editor and still enjoys the challenge of trying to make sense of Algerian statistics. Pre-MEES James was based in Beijing and Singapore, editing a China-focused publication and writing on pan-Asian themes – knowledge and expertise that has been invaluable at MEES given the growing dominance of Asia as a market for Gulf oil, and booming investment in both directions. James studied Political Geography of Africa and the Middle East at SOAS (London) and later did a Masters in International Relations at Sciences Po, Paris.