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Saudi Arabia - India: Strategic Partnership

1.    Introduction SaudiArabia and India share friendly relations reflecting historical economic and socio-cultural ties. Diplomatic ties were initially est ...

Writer: Kinda Bakr
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Green Gulf Report and the Saudi Green Initiative

Climate change poses many significant threats to the security and stability of not just any particular region (though some are at a more immediate risk than others) but to th ...

Writer: Ghassan Shams
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Saudi Arabia - Georgia: Realities and Opportunities

Given the territorial proximity, the regional actors of the Middle East have always been interested in Georgia and the South Caucasus as an opening route to Europe. Since th ...

Writer: Layla Ali
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Challenges and Opportunities: Saudi-Russian Relations

Saudi-Russian relations date back to 1932 when the former USSR became one of the first countries that formally recognized and established diplomatic relations with Saudi Arab ...

Writer: Ghassan Shams
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Back to the Ottoman future. The Framing of Turkish Foreign Policy in the Saudi Media

With the informal boycott of Turkish products and business ties in October 2020, Saudi-Turkish relations are taking another hit, causing economic damage in Turkey and leavin ...

Writer: Bruno Schmidt-Feuerheerd
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Prospects for EU-US-GCC Trilateral Cooperation to Counter Iranian Threats

On the 21st of January 2021, world leaders welcomed the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, Joseph Biden. The period between the election results and the ...

Writer: Ghassan Shams
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Opportunities and Challenges for Saudi-European Relations

Relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Europe in 2020 continue to be marked by difficulties from both sides. For Europe, Saudi Arabia’s human rights record and the ...

Writer: Christian Koch
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Focus on a GCC Case Study: How Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 can Drive “Lifelong Learning” towards Creating a Knowledge Economy in the Post-COVID Era

A focus on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a case study amongst the Gulf countries underlines how it has come a long way in the past century – the United Nations in 2010 recog ...

Writer: Dr. Asma Siddiki
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The U.S. Presidential Election and the Impact of a Biden Administration on U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East

Introduction The significance of the U.S. election on a global level cannot be understated as the U.S. alone controls approximately 25% of world GDP, retains the ...

Writer: Ghassan Shams
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Design for Hybrid Threats – Be Purposeful and Fast

Imagine that your country has an opponent or even a friend who does not fully agree with the established policies of your government. He is technologically well-positioned a ...

Writer: Walter L. Christman and Ralph Thiele
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GRC Economic Webinar Summary: “The Future of the Gulf Economies in the Age of Sparsity”

On October 28, 2020, the Gulf Research Center invited a group of six distinguished panelists to participate in a digital roundtable discussion to address the issue of the fut ...

Writer: Dr. John Sfakianakis
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T20 2020 Journey

In mid-2019 the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) and the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS) were appointed co-hosts of ...

Writer: Dr. Fahad M. Alturki
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Diplomacy in the time of the coronavirus pandemic

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has affected diplomatic operations across the world. More focus has been shifted to the diplomatic management of the Covid-19 crisis. F ...

Writer: Layla Ali
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US-Saudi Relations and the Visit of Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al Saud, Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Washington D.C

Background:On October 14, 2020, the Saudi Foreign Minister visited the United States to launch the two nations' strategic dialogue, which serves to strengthen the long-stand ...

Writer: Ghassan Shams
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Iran's Information Interventionism and Threats to Saudi State Sovereignty

Saudi Arabia continues to receive criticism by states (including its closest allies), intergovernmental organizations (of which it is a founding member state), and non-govern ...

Writer: Ghassan Shams
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Stepping away from the brink in the Eastern Mediterranean

Europeans face a conundrum in Libya and the Eastern Mediterranean. On the one hand, they are called on to respond to what they view as Turkey’s violations of international l ...

Writer: Dr. Nathalie Tocci
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GRC Energy Webinar Summary: “Should GCC national oil companies target net zero emissions by 2050?”

On September 28, 2020, the Gulf Research Center invited a group of nine renowned energy experts from seven different countries to participate in a webinar with the goal of an ...

Writer: Prof. Giacomo Luciani
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The German UN Security Council Presidency: Implications for the Gulf Region

On June 8, 2018, Germany was elected as a member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2019-2020 period. During this two-year term, Germany also held the Presidency ...

Writer: Dr. Christian Koch
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Establish Geographic Inclusivity in the Security Council

The United Nations continues to champion multilateralism. Yet because the future of the multilateral order stands in jeopardy in the wake of criticism that international orga ...

Writer: Dr. Abdulaziz Sager
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Safer: An Environmental Bomb off Yemen's Coast

The 45-year-old Safer Floating Tank, which is a neglected floating oil storage vessel loaded with approximately 1.1 million barrels of crude oil is anchored about 60km north ...

Writer: Dr. Mohamed Abdelraouf
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The US-China Battle for Influence in Global Multilateral Organizations: What the Recent WHO Clash Means for the Upcoming G20 Summit and the Future of Multilateralism

The outset of COVID-19 and its impact on the G20 processAs one of its primary responsibilities upon assuming the Group of 20 (G20) presidency in December 2019, Saudi Arabia ...

Writer: Aileen Byrne
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Russian-Chinese Security Architecture in the Gulf: Role of China, Russia & Iran in the Gulf

As an alternative to the U.S. security umbrella, China envisages a broadening of security arrangements in the Gulf region with the backing of Russia, based on a collective s ...

Writer: Layla Ali
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