Post Tagged with: "Saudi Arabia"

The United States and the Issue of Iran-Saudi Arabia Rivalry

The United States and the Issue of Iran-Saudi Arabia Rivalry

The USA cannot take sides in a Shia-Sunni dispute. Yet it must take initiative through quiet diplomacy as only proactive diplomacy can defuse the Iran-Saudi tension.

Image by Wikimedia (Alireza824)

The Oil of Iran: Past and Present in Perspective

With vast oil and gas reserves to draw upon, Iran could transform itself into an energy superpower – yet there also remains a great deal of doubt.

Iran Is Part of the Problem, Part of the Solution

Iran Is Part of the Problem, Part of the Solution

Geostrategic reality, shrewd political moves and the short-sighted policies of its adversaries have enhanced the role of Iran in any future dispensation in Syria.

Middle East: Moving Towards a Sectarian Political Order?

Middle East: Moving Towards a Sectarian Political Order?

Sectarian violence has vitiated regional politics and foreign policies along sectarian lines. The fight between the Shi’ite and Sunni crescents is likely to continue.

Image by UN Photo (Jean-Marc Ferré)

Why Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Record Does Not Matter

In the context of the strained security situation in the Middle East and Europe it seems unlikely that human rights considerations will gain the upper hand.

Interview – Andy Wolff

Interview – Andy Wolff

Director Andy Wolff talks about piracy and acquisition of information by experience, through the many subjects he tackles in his documentaries – a useful reminder for IR.

Yemen: A Battle for Energy Supremacy

Yemen: A Battle for Energy Supremacy

Yemen is the amphitheatre where the gladiators will fight each other for the coveted prize of significant amount of resources, clout, and strengthened political will

Upgrading the Arab League by Establishing a Joint Military Force?

Upgrading the Arab League by Establishing a Joint Military Force?

It cannot be excluded that the initiative to build a Arab military force will share the fate of previous launches: a big announcement followed by a rather low performance

Is the Saudi-U.S. Relationship “Broken”?

Is the Saudi-U.S. Relationship “Broken”?

Despite misalignment on certain crucial issues, the Saudi-U.S. strategic alliance is not “broken”. Most of the main pillars of the relationship are still relevant.

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.

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