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Succession in Saudi Arabia and What It Means for the Future of Saudi Policy

Succession in Saudi Arabia and What It Means for the Future of Saudi Policy

Succession is designed for the purpose of ensuring a smooth transition of state leadership, but it is always a complex affair.

Review – Buraimi: The Struggle for Power, Influence and Oil in Arabia

Review – Buraimi: The Struggle for Power, Influence and Oil in Arabia

Morton provides insight into the disputes of the South Eastern Arabian Peninsula, yet fails to provide an adequate understanding of US policy in the region.

Saudi – Bangladeshi Relations in Perspective

Saudi – Bangladeshi Relations in Perspective

Should Saudi tensions with Iran ease, relations with Bangladesh could pick up as Ministers in Riyadh feel able to further diversify relations in South Asia.

Winners and Losers in the Syrian Civil War

Winners and Losers in the Syrian Civil War

The Syrian civil war has shaken up the political and strategic environment of the Middle East region, with all outcomes likely to bring political and economic uncertainties.

The Iran Nuclear Deal – A Preliminary Analysis

The Iran Nuclear Deal – A Preliminary Analysis

The recent interim agreement between Iran and the P5+1 raises interesting implications for regional peace and stability in the Middle East, particularly in relation to Israel and Saudi Arabia.

The Geopolitics of the Struggle for Syria

The Geopolitics of the Struggle for Syria

The disaster in Syria epitomizes the destructive effects of the sectarianization of regional geopolitical battles and the use of the popular Arab uprisings for otherwise geopolitical ends.

Review – After the Sheikhs

Review – After the Sheikhs

Davidson’s analysis falls short of the book subtitle’s stated purpose, as he fails to present any kind of hypothesis or scenario for the collapse of Persian Gulf Monarchies.

War in Syria: The Proxy Element

War in Syria: The Proxy Element

While there is a strong element of a proxy war behind the fighting in Syria, the forces and interests involved are best understood in terms of inter-state relations going back more than a decade.

Walter Russell Mead, Anklebiters, and Romney’s Vision of the Future

Walter Russell Mead, Anklebiters, and Romney’s Vision of the Future

Romney has been quite vocal in his push for energy independence in North America by 2020. This has more to do with generating domestic economic growth than America’s national security.

Of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Union

Of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Union

Few, if any, Gulf nations welcomed the Arab Spring. Only when Arab dependency upon U.S. guarantees changes will the Gulf states move towards meaningful cooperation.

Arab Uprisings, Iranian Influence, and the Middle East’s Future

Arab Uprisings, Iranian Influence, and the Middle East’s Future

Events like the fall of Mubarak and the rise of the Islamic Renaissance Movement in Tunisian politics have led some observers to conclude that fundamentalism’s shadow will be cast over the Middle East. Simultaneously, as Tehran’s leaders trumpet their growing relationships with Islamist groups, it is feared that Iran will come out ahead in the region.

Regional Power Struggles Between Saudi Arabia and Iran in the Arab Spring Era

Regional Power Struggles Between Saudi Arabia and Iran in the Arab Spring Era

Saudi Arabia is currently in the lead against Iran. Riyadh has consolidated allegiance from states with huge payouts and also strengthened the GCC. Though Saudi Arabia faces huge difficulties in Yemen, and uncertainty in Syria and Libya, Iran has failed to make any inroads in increasing its influence at Riyadh’s expense, except in Lebanon.

The Long Spring to Thaw the Arab Cold War

The Long Spring to Thaw the Arab Cold War

Much was made of the changes in Egypt’s foreign policy in April when the Egyptian foreign ministry announced it would begin the process of normalizing relations with Iran and Hamas. For the moment, Egypt’s foreign policy is trying to toe a middle line and become something new for a major Arab state in the region’s cold war: a non-aligned state.

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