The re-alignments taking place in the Middle East, such as the improvement of ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates are driven by geopolitical factors. However there is a strong economic component which often tends to get relegated to the sidelines.
This column elucidates the resource curse paradox by positioning the case study of Saudi Arabia at the center of the concept. It delineates the disadvantageous position of this resource-rich country during the period of shock and its recovery phase. Furthermore, it paints in words the implications of oil abundance on the imperfect correlation that exists between religion and women’s rights in Saudi Arabia.
This article looks at the history of Israel’s diplomatic relations dating back to the 1940s during which the Jewish state transformed straight from a non-state entity to an internationally recognized modern nation-state. Additionally, it particularly explores the significance of the strategic partnership between Israel and the United States and its key role in Israel’s foreign policy.
What is the history of a place? What happens when that history comes into contact with the forces of modernity? The answer to all these questions comprehensively lie in the increased exceptionalization of that place.
The five day visit of senior officials from four Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries to China is important for a number of reasons.