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  • Permalink Mujahideen in the tribal areas of Pakistan, late December 1979. Source: CC.Gallery

    Beyond Sectarianism? Transnational Identity Politics & Conflict in the Modern Middle East: Pasts, Presents, Futures

Beyond Sectarianism? Transnational Identity Politics & Conflict in the Modern Middle East: Pasts, Presents, Futures

by Jessica Watkins

Sectarian violence is decreasing across the Middle East, if largely due to mass displacement and harsh settlements imposed in states emerging from conflict. Alongside this decrease, an aggressive strain of transnational sectarian politics which has gripped the region for the past few decades is abating, at least for now. But while in principle, this lull creates a […]

  • Permalink US Secretary of State John Kerry sits with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Geneva before the two resume negotiations about the future of Iran's nuclear program, 14 January 2015. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]Gallery

    Understanding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Nationalism

Understanding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Nationalism

by Cameron Griffiths
As of 9 May 2018 President Donald Trump announced that the US would pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran Nuclear Deal. With foreign policy hawks like Michael Pompeo brought in as Secretary of State earlier this year, the US is signalling a much more recalcitrant foreign policy approach […]

Iran and the SCO: A Long Political Gestation

by Jacopo Scita

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) was founded in 2001 by China, Russia and four central-Asian republics with the declared aim of promoting a framework of effective cooperation in politics, economy, security and regional stability, among many other areas of strategic interest. In 2017, India and Pakistan joined the SCO as full members, with the Organisation then accounting for […]

  • Permalink Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaking as part of the Saudi delegation at a GCC summit, 2017. Source: CCGallery

    Saudi Arabia from Within: Diversionary Policy of Iranian Containment?

Saudi Arabia from Within: Diversionary Policy of Iranian Containment?

by Barbara Kelemen

While there have always been attempts to analyse ongoing conflicts in the Middle East through the lens of the Saudi–Iranian relationship, today’s situation is profoundly different than in the past. ‘Vision 2030’, Mohammed bin Salman’s (MBS) new approach to foreign policy, and a changing world market pushed Saudi Arabia towards a new strategy vis-à-vis Iran. However, when […]

Conceptual Origins of Iranian-Saudi Entanglements

by Mahmood Sariolghalam
This memo was presented part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre looking at the Saudi–Iran rivalry in the region on 7 May 2018. 

With the exception of oil price regulation, there is virtually no commonality of interest between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Regrettably, despite potential opportunities in petrochemical and industrial cooperation in both countries, structural incongruities, the lack of political […]

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