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Saudi Arabian Foreign Policy: Conflict and Cooperation

Saudi Arabian Foreign Policy: Conflict and Cooperation
Neil Partrick

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As the only oil producer with sufficient spare capacity to shape the world economy, Saudi Arabia is one of the most significant states in twenty-first century geopolitics. Despite the enormous potential for Saudi Arabia to play a more robust regional and international role, the Kingdom faces serious internal and external challenges in the form of political incapacity and competition with states such as Iran. In this examination of Saudi Arabia's foreign policy, Gulf expert Neil Partrick, and other regional analysts, address the Kingdom's relations in the Middle East and wider Islamic world, and its engagement with both established and emergent global powers. In doing so, he analyses the factors, ranging from identity politics to Iranian acquisition of nuclear weapons that determine the Kingdom's foreign policy. As Saudi Arabia prepares for a generational shift brought about by an ageing leadership, the rapidly changing balance of power in the Middle East offers both great opportunity and great danger. For students of the Middle East and international relations, understanding Saudi Arabia's foreign policy and its engagement with the region and the world is more important than ever.

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Neil Partrick has contributed three papers to the Kuwait Gulf Programme at the LSE and writes extensively on the Gulf and Saudi Arabia, including for the Economist Group and Oxford Analytica. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the LSE


With Saudi Arabia exerting its military muscle in both Yemen and in the struggle against Daish this is a timely book to help us understand the history and motivation of the major Sunni regional power. Saudi Arabia remains an opaque country not inclined to explain its motivations in foreign policy either to an external or internal audience. This collection of articles covers the whole gamut of Saudi's main external relationships including the role play by Islam and oil in shaping its foreign policy.'
Sir William Patey, UK Ambassador to Saudi Arabia 2007-10 ' (11/10/2015)"

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781780769141
Publication Date: 30 Jan 2016
Number of Pages: 336
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: 5 bw integrated

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