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

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?

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

What does Israel’s rapprochement with the Gulf Arab states mean for the future of the MENA region?

Maria Jenkinson is a Policy Fellow of The Pinsker Centre, a campus-based think tank that facilitates discussion on global affairs and free speech. The views in this article are the author’s own. Israel and the Gulf Arab states have a history of oscillating between periods of relative calm and tension. We have recently passed a year and a half since the signing of the Abraham … Continue reading What does Israel’s rapprochement with the Gulf Arab states mean for the future of the MENA region?

The Global Refugee Crisis: State Complicity in Refugees’ Plight?

Nahla Mohamed is a second year History and International Relations at KCL. She comes from Cairo, Egypt, and has Egyptian-Sudanese heritage. Within her degree, her specific interests include the history and current affairs of the MENA region and Africa, the global history and pervasive economic, political and cultural legacy of colonialism, and the relationship between history and international politics. Her non-academic interests include writing, participation in Model United Nations … Continue reading The Global Refugee Crisis: State Complicity in Refugees’ Plight?

Lessons in Diplomatic Tightrope-Walking: Moroccan objectives and concerns in a post-COVID geopolitical environment

Archishman Ray Goswami is a second-year student studying the BA International Relations Programme. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the KCL Geopolitical Risk Society. In this final part of the Morocco series, he discusses Morocco’s relations with its neighbours – namely Algeria, Libya and Egypt, especially in the context of the ongoing conflicts and complex politics characterising modern geostrategy in the region. The essay concludes … Continue reading Lessons in Diplomatic Tightrope-Walking: Moroccan objectives and concerns in a post-COVID geopolitical environment

Lessons in Diplomatic Tightrope-Walking: Moroccan objectives and concerns in a post-COVID geopolitical environment

Archishman Ray Goswami is a second-year student studying the BA International Relations Programme. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the KCL Geopolitical Risk Society. In Part Four of this series, he looks at the options that Morocco still has to grow as a power in the MENA region as a result of its relations with Israel and Turkey. This series discusses Morocco’s foreign policy in … Continue reading Lessons in Diplomatic Tightrope-Walking: Moroccan objectives and concerns in a post-COVID geopolitical environment