Umer Karim has previously studied history and journalism at bachelors level at the University of Punjab. Afterwards he did a masters in English Literature. He then did his M.Phil from the National Institute of Pakistan Studies, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad Pakistan. Meanwhile during his M.Phil he has worked as a Research Fellow for the Hanns Seidel Foundation Pakistan.
His research covers Middle Eastern politics and international relations, foreign policy and decision making, and peace and conflict studies, with a special focus on the Syrian conflict.