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    Book Review – ‘AngloArabia: Why Gulf Wealth Matters to Britain’ by David Wearing

Book Review – ‘AngloArabia: Why Gulf Wealth Matters to Britain’ by David Wearing

by Courtney Freer
The UK’s close relationship with the Gulf, and particularly the monarchies of the Gulf Cooperation Council, stems from both a long history of engagement and Britain’s enduring need to project power on the global stage even as its military and economic clout wanes. David Wearing has traced this relationship in a new book, which, though thin on […]

November 20th, 2018|Book Reviews, GCC, Saudi, Yemen|0 Comments|
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    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 […]

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    Saudi Signals Clarify Prospects for Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’

Saudi Signals Clarify Prospects for Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’

by Ian Black

It may not have been very surprising but it was nevertheless an unusually clear and unmissable signal. King Salman of Saudi Arabia has sent out a message about a highly sensitive issue: The Kingdom will not go along with Donald Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ to resolve the Israel­–Palestine conflict. It refuses to accept the US recognition […]

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    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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