The beneficiaries of Western crisis: Aramco and The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Abdullah al-Wandawi is an MA candidate at KCL studying Politics and Economics of the Middle East. His interests lie in security studies and neoliberalism in the MENA region as well as the international relations of Gulf Cooperation Council member states. “Global crude oil prices remained exceptionally strong in the second quarter of 2022, driven by low crude oil and refined product inventories, and ongoing geopolitical … Continue reading The beneficiaries of Western crisis: Aramco and The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

What does the UAE stand to gain from joining the I2U2 and will its membership impact its relations with China?

Abdullah al-Wandawi is an MA candidate at KCL studying Politics and Economics of the Middle East. His interests lie in security studies and neoliberalism in the MENA region as well as the international relations of Gulf Cooperation Council member states. Alliances and partnerships within the Middle East have continually been shaped and re-shaped since the Arab Spring uprisings beginning in late 2010. Over the past … Continue reading What does the UAE stand to gain from joining the I2U2 and will its membership impact its relations with China?

Further rapprochement in the MENA region

Celine Madaghjian is a second year International Relations student at Kings College London. She believes that understanding the implications of the region’s current and rapidly evolving politics is vital to our understanding of International Relations. She is passionate about analysing the sectarianism and geopolitics of the Middle East, as well as the effects of GCC relations on the regional and international scale. Next month, Biden … Continue reading Further rapprochement in the MENA region

Iran: Theocracy, Nuclear Ambitions and Human Rights

Thomas Graham is a Policy Fellow of The Pinsker Centre, a campus-based think tank which facilitates discussion on global affairs and free speech. The views in this article are the author’s own. When identifying the cause of Middle-Eastern instability in the 21st century, all fingers point towards Iran. The Ayatollah’s regime has been described as nothing short of ‘religious fascism’ by, the former foreign minister of Canada, John … Continue reading Iran: Theocracy, Nuclear Ambitions and Human Rights

The end of Turkish-Greek diplomatic relations?

Celine Madaghjian is a second year International Relations student at Kings College London. She believes that understanding the implications of the region’s current and rapidly evolving politics is vital to our understanding of International Relations. She is passionate about analysing the sectarianism and geopolitics of the Middle East, as well as the effects of GCC relations on the regional and international scale. On the 24th … Continue reading The end of Turkish-Greek diplomatic relations?

Sectarianism reigning supreme? Lebanon’s 2022 Parliamentary elections

Celine Madaghjian is a second year International Relations student at Kings College London. She believes that understanding the implications of the region’s current and rapidly evolving politics is vital to our understanding of International Relations. She is passionate about analysing the sectarianism and geopolitics of the Middle East, as well as the effects of GCC relations on the regional and international scale.  The Lebanese government … Continue reading Sectarianism reigning supreme? Lebanon’s 2022 Parliamentary elections

What can State-Funded Media Responses to the Abraham Accords tell us about the MENA Region?

Thomas Graham is a Policy Fellow of The Pinsker Centre, a campus-based think tank which facilitates discussion on global affairs and free speech. The views in this article are the author’s own. The Gulf Arab rapprochement with Israel is a litmus test for the geopolitical changes happening within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) area. The signing of the Abraham Accords on 15 September 2020 saw … Continue reading What can State-Funded Media Responses to the Abraham Accords tell us about the MENA Region?

Political Instability in Pakistan

Lucas Blasco is a second year International Relations student from Spain, who is currently in an exchange year at the University of Hong Kong. During the past month he has developed a strong interest in the East Asia region, namely its economic development and the role of China in the XXIst century international order. During the past weeks, Pakistan has been in the spotlight due … Continue reading Political Instability in Pakistan

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: a potential shift of alliances in the Middle East?

Celine Madaghjian is a second year International Relations student at Kings College London. She believes that understanding the implications of the region’s current and rapidly evolving politics is vital to our understanding of International Relations. She is passionate about analysing the sectarianism and geopolitics of the Middle East, as well as the effects of GCC relations on the regional and international scale. The Russian invasion … Continue reading Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: a potential shift of alliances in the Middle East?

Pipeline politics in North Africa: when historical animosity leads to costly decisions

Radia Mernissi is an International Relations student, her Moroccan background make her particularly interested in North African politics and neo-imperialism. She is also passionate about International Law and its application to conflict and security. On the 24th of August 2021, Algeria officially declared it would cut diplomatic ties with its neighbouring country Morocco, stating that “the incessant hostile acts carried out by Morocco against Algeria have … Continue reading Pipeline politics in North Africa: when historical animosity leads to costly decisions