Insight 210: Negotiating Insecurity — Small States and Multinational Security Coalitions in the Middle East

10 Sep 2019

In a volatile Middle East with proliferating threats and regional middle powers competing for influence, some states are using multinational, ad-hoc security coalitions...

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Insight 209: The Statecraft of Small States: Foreign Policy and Survival Strategies

27 Aug 2019

The Arab boycott of Qatar in 2017 has reignited the debate about how small states should pursue their strategic interests in an increasingly...

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Insights: The Idea of the Northern Tier

29 Jul 2019

Click here for the PDF   In this volume, Middle East Institute scholars Serkan Yolaҫan and Nisha Mathew delineate the shape of a...

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Insight 208: How China Continues to Look at Iran

03 Jul 2019

Iran is the linchpin of the Belt and Road Initiative’s overland component. This, coupled with the United States’ withdrawal from the JCPOA and...

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Insight 207: How International Law Evolves: Norms, Precedents, and Geopolitics

24 May 2019

In December 2018, MEI co-organised a workshop with Macquarie University titled “The Vietnam and Arab-Israeli Conflicts: International Legal Migrations, Comparisons, and Connections” to...

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Insight 206: Old Problems, New Solutions: An Emirati Perspective on the Southern Tier in the Middle East

06 May 2019

The Obama administration’s signing of the Iran nuclear deal in 2015 marked a shift in America’s Middle East policy, hinged on an alliance...

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Insight 205: Afghan Trading Networks, Geopolitics and Everyday Diplomacy: Transcending West Asia’s Northern and Southern Tiers

23 Apr 2019

Central Asian transnational commercial networks play an important role in connecting much of West Asia. Since the traders who form such networks are...

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Insight 204: From Conflict to Consensus: Energy Geopolitics in the Caspian Region

09 Apr 2019

On 12 August 2018, the five Caspian riparian states, Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, signed the Convention on the Legal Status of the...

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Insight 203: Iran, Turkey and the Historical Ties that Bind

25 Mar 2019

This paper suggests that the history of Iran–Turkey relations is one of secularisation, notwithstanding the intense religious wars that consumed them in the...

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Insight 202: Russia–Gulf Relations: A Case Study of North-South Relations within West Asia

18 Mar 2019

Russia’s relations with the Gulf, which have long been an under-studied topic, have now become more pertinent in view of Russia’s recent activism...

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