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Multilateralism in Today’s World

Multilateralism in Today’s World

Foreign Policy & International Relations

In a keynote speech at the Abu Dhabi Strategic Dialogue of 2018, His Excellency Dr Anwar Gargash, the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, set out the UAE’s core principles in foreign policy. At the top of the list was the UAE’s pursuit of multilateralism.  Throughout the speech,...

21 Nov 2018

The USA and the Gulf States: Seeking a Relationship of Parity

The USA and the Gulf States: Seeking a Relationship of Parity

Foreign Policy & International Relations

The relationship between the Arab Gulf States and the United States of America is often misunderstood by observers and commentators, and even by the parties themselves at times.  The stereotypical description of the relationship is one of oil rich states providing the US and the West with necessary natural...

05 Nov 2018

A Review of China-UAE Relations in the Context of Xi Jinping’s Visit to the UAE

A Review of China-UAE Relations in the Context of Xi Jinping’s Visit to the UAE

Foreign Policy & International Relations

Starting on July 19, Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a state visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This was the first visit of the Head of State of China to the UAE in the past 29 years. It was also the first visit by Chinese Communist party and...

24 Jul 2018

The UAE – Soft Superpower in the Making?

The UAE – Soft Superpower in the Making?

Foreign Policy & International Relations

Just over a year ago His Highness Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum inaugurated the UAE’s Soft Power Council. The Council, which launched the UAE’s Soft Power Strategy during the Government’s Annual Meetings in September 2017, will oversee efforts to enhance the country’s international reputation. In taking this initiative, the...

30 May 2018

Russia and OPEC: Will the Relation Last?

Russia and OPEC: Will the Relation Last?

Foreign Policy & International Relations

On August 28, 2017, the Wall Street Journal reported about the readiness of Russia and Saudi Arabia to push for the extension of the OPEC+ agreement beyond March 2018. This treaty involves both the OPEC and non-OPEC members who, in 2016, agreed to decrease their oil production in order...

26 Oct 2017

North Korea and a Return of the “Balance of Terror”

North Korea and a Return of the “Balance of Terror”

Foreign Policy & International Relations

Whether by outside help from Russia and Pakistan, or by native Korean “stick-to-it-iv-ness” the North Korean regime has developed nuclear weapons that are small enough to fit onto missiles that are powerful enough to reach its arch-enemy, the United States, according to U.S. intelligence assessments.  Thus, the world is...

30 Aug 2017

Emmanuel Macron’s Hundred Days: Continuity or Change in French Security Policy?

Emmanuel Macron’s Hundred Days: Continuity or Change in French Security Policy?

Foreign Policy & International Relations

French President Emmanuel Macron, elected on 7 May 2017, came into office with little experience in foreign policy or military affairs. As his political movement, La République en Marche, claimed to be neither on the right nor on the left of French politics, it was unclear at the time...

16 Aug 2017

Qatar and the Funding of Terrorism: A Global Concern

Qatar and the Funding of Terrorism: A Global Concern

Foreign Policy & International Relations

A central pillar in the current diplomatic row between a number of Arab States and Qatar is the issue of Qatar’s direct support for terrorism.  Given the threat of terrorism in the Middle East and the wider world, taking action to target sources of funding should come as no...

08 Jun 2017

Russia, China & US Geopolitics: Cooperation & Competition

Russia, China & US Geopolitics: Cooperation & Competition

Foreign Policy & International Relations

Internationally, geostrategic shifts are occurring that Russia, the US and China are forging, contesting and benefiting from – almost all at once. This triad, as a new lens to interpret drivers in today’s international relations, reflects bilateral and multilateral cooperation and competition. Indeed, a new geopolitical landscape has emerged...

12 Apr 2017

The rising powers and the liberal world order: the GCC in a ‘post-Western’ environment

The rising powers and the liberal world order: the GCC in a ‘post-Western’ environment

Foreign Policy & International Relations

The inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States has reignited the debate about the future of the liberal international order. Some bullish assessments aside most prognosis are gloomy. In many respects this is nothing new. Anguished accounts foretelling the demise of the liberal order, the...

15 Mar 2017

Assessing the Importance of the New U.S. Secretary of Defense Within the Trump Administration

Assessing the Importance of the New U.S. Secretary of Defense Within the Trump Administration

Foreign Policy & International Relations

On January 20, retired Marine general James Mattis was confirmed as the new United States secretary of defense by the U.S. Senate. His appointment has been cited as potentially among the most important in the new Trump administration. How much influence Mattis will wield within the president’s national security...

31 Jan 2017

Small States’ Strategic Hedging for Security and Influence

Small States’ Strategic Hedging for Security and Influence

Foreign Policy & International Relations

Small states are hard to define, yet the study of them persists because of agreement on their existence, importance and common challenges. For small states, the implication of today’s multilateral world is that it provides a stage for them to exercise influence and act internationally. In fact, small states...

14 Sep 2016

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