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Saudi Arabia: The Wind of Change?

April 30, 2018

By Roisin Murray With a historical legacy as the foremost theocratic state in the Sunni Muslim sphere, political developments in Saudi Arabia that threaten to challenge its conservative, religious identity are significant.[1] The domestic situation of Saudi Arabia is a concern for many foreign governments; states worldwide are reliant on Saudi oil, and Saudi Arabia is … Continue reading “Saudi Arabia: The Wind of Change?”

Strife Feature – The Warrior Prince, Sectarian Strife and Countless Civilian Casualties

February 22, 2018

The Saudi Arabian Military Coalition’s Blockade in Yemen:  A gross miscalculation for political capital?   By Tasneem Ghazi   Abstract It is perhaps ironic that in the very day and age when robots hold citizenship rights (such as the infamous Saudi ‘Sophia’), over seven million people remain starving, stranded, and bombarded daily in an arid, barren … Continue reading “Strife Feature – The Warrior Prince, Sectarian Strife and Countless Civilian Casualties”

Strife Feature | The Middle-East and the question of Qatar: Political Islam vs Secular Islam?

September 28, 2017

By Guillaume Beaud Analysing events occurring in the Middle-East and North Africa always requires an analytical grid. Two of the most commonly mobilised are a confessional approach, the Sunni/Shia divide; and a social class approach that emphasises social fractures between traditional elites and civil societies. Initially, most upheavals are better understood through social struggles opposing … Continue reading “Strife Feature | The Middle-East and the question of Qatar: Political Islam vs Secular Islam?”

The Tactical Failure of the Qatari Blockade

August 4, 2017

By Marie Chetcuti Recently, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain have launched draconian measures against Qatar, charging their Emirate neighbour of funding terrorism, maintaining intimate relations with Iran, and for their partisan reporting through the state-owned channel Al-Jazeera. In order to understand the dimensions and motivations of Qatar’s diplomatic blockade, it is … Continue reading “The Tactical Failure of the Qatari Blockade”

Why is Saudi Arabia Helping Iran’s Hardliners?

January 21, 2016

By: Alexander Decina There is an abundance of Middle East analysts and experts drawn to the idea of eternal conflicts. After the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, they learned the words “Sunni” and “Shia” and decided that this “1,400 year-old fight” is the defining conflict in the Middle East, disregarding the nuance of the important issues … Continue reading “Why is Saudi Arabia Helping Iran’s Hardliners?”

Operation Decisive Storm: when Riyadh calls on Islamabad

March 31, 2015

By Zoha Waseem: With Iran-backed Houthi rebels advancing in Yemen, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has called upon its trusted and indebted partner Pakistan for support in so-called ‘Operation Decisive Storm’. There has been much speculation over the last few days as to what sort of support Islamabad is considering on providing Riyadh, with … Continue reading “Operation Decisive Storm: when Riyadh calls on Islamabad”

Why won’t the USA leave the Persian Gulf? The story of the ultimate ‘frenemies'

December 15, 2014

By Mazhid Kat: In 1945 Franklin Roosevelt was the first President to admit that the United States had become oil-dependent.[i] This occurred because the American government had introduced a ‘conservation policy’ aimed at reducing the production of domestic oil and saving reserves for future generations by substituting it with imports.[ii] As a result, Roosevelt and King … Continue reading “Why won’t the USA leave the Persian Gulf? The story of the ultimate ‘frenemies'”

Until the last drop (…of oil)

December 2, 2014

By Eugenio Lilli: Eight percent: that is how much the price of oil fell after OPEC’s decision last Thursday to maintain its oil output unaltered. This sharp drop was only the latest development in a trend that has seen oil prices on the world market tumble by nearly 40 percent since mid-June. At one point, … Continue reading “Until the last drop (…of oil)”


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