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Saudi–Turkish Relations: Is a Rapprochement Possible?

by Umer Karim

Since October 2018, Saudi–Turkish bilateral ties have been hamstrung by the Khashoggi affair. However, some recent developments suggest that the Turkish side has tried to reach out to Saudi King Salman in a possible bid for a rapprochement with the Kingdom. Nevertheless, the Saudis do not appear to have forgotten the episode and are leveraging their economic […]

August 22nd, 2019|Saudi, Turkey|1 Comment|

All Boys Together: Art and Contemporary Saudi Society

by Sean Foley

On 8 May 2019, Prince Badr bin Farhan, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture, presided over the opening of his country’s pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale, one of the world’s premier art exhibitions. The pavilion, which highlighted Saudi Arabia’s art and culture, came as a surprise to many Middle East experts. In their view, most Saudis are […]

June 12th, 2019|Saudi|0 Comments|
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    Book Review – ‘Changing Saudi Arabia: Art, Culture, and Society in the Kingdom’ by Sean Foley

Book Review – ‘Changing Saudi Arabia: Art, Culture, and Society in the Kingdom’ by Sean Foley

by Courtney Freer
As Saudi Arabia grapples with changes both external and internal, Sean Foley’s ‘systematic’ study demonstrates the role of culture and art in driving societal shifts. Furthermore, he ‘explains that art and cultural production should no longer be considered separate from ‘real politics’ in the Muslim world’.

With Mohammad bin Salman’s rise to power in Saudi Arabia and his […]

April 29th, 2019|Book Reviews, Saudi|0 Comments|
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    Book Review – ‘Cold War in the Islamic World’ by Dilip Hiro

Book Review – ‘Cold War in the Islamic World’ by Dilip Hiro

by Simon Mabon
As the rivalry between these regional superpowers grows ever more fractious, a new book by the prolific Indian journalist Dilip Hiro seeks to explain this new cold war in its historical context. Simon Mabon finds much to admire in Hiro’s rich analysis and engrossing writing, though there is lack of engagement with the scholarly literature, depriving the reader of […]

December 19th, 2018|Book Reviews, Iran, Saudi|0 Comments|
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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|1 Comment|

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