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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 […]

August 30th, 2018|Iran|3 Comments|
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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 […]

July 5th, 2018|Iran, Saudi|4 Comments|

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 […]

June 27th, 2018|Iran, Saudi|0 Comments|

Balancing Act: Russia between Iran and Saudi Arabia

by Mark N. Katz
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. 

Ever since he first came to power at the turn of the century, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approach to rivalries between third parties has been neither to side with one against the other nor remain […]

June 26th, 2018|Iran, Saudi|1 Comment|
  • Permalink talks between of the E3+3 (France, Germany, UK, China, Russia and USA) and Iran on Wednesday, 09. April 2014 in Vienna, Austria. © Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign AffairsGallery

    Weathering the Storm: Europe’s Iran Policy after America’s Withdrawal from the Nuclear Deal

Weathering the Storm: Europe’s Iran Policy after America’s Withdrawal from the Nuclear Deal

by Riccardo Alcaro
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. 

Historical precedent provides strong evidence that, when it manages to keep a united front, Europe is capable of playing an important role in Middle Eastern geopolitics. When Britain, France and Germany (E3) mustered support from the rest […]

June 25th, 2018|Iran, Saudi|0 Comments|

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