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Gulf states beware. Chinese policy towards Sri Lanka tells a cautionary tale
China was quick to aid coronavirus-stricken Sri Lanka. Chinese magnanimity and speed in responding to the Indian Ocean island’s request contrasted starkly with Beijing’s more measured response to Africa’s needs, widely expected to be the pandemic’s next hotspot.
Geography was but one reason why China favoured the strategic island that straddles one of the Indian Ocean’s busiest shipping routes.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s heady days
Saudi religious moderation: the world’s foremost publisher of Qur’ans has yet to get the message
Ignoring the Middle East at one’s peril: Turkey plays games in NATO
Indian civilisationalism: a potential next flashpoint?
Can Indonesia’s Humanitarian Islam inspire a Hindu nationalist equivalent?
Hamas eyes Malaysia as a possible operations base
Deteriorating Israeli-Russian relations: A cautionary message for the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey
Ukraine joins Afghanistan and Yemen in shaping Gulf rivalries
Contesting Russia requires renewed US engagement in Central Asia
A Clash of Civilisations: the Russian vs. the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale
Saudi Arabia targets a more Republican Washington
Israel’s Ukraine conundrum may have implications for Gulf states
Iran capitalises on Central Asian vacuum created by the Ukraine war
US-Gulf divergence: Placing risky bets
Applying double standards in Ukraine is a risky business
Cooperating with autocrats: When is too much, too much?
The 2022 World Cup: Is Qatar Putting its Best Foot Forward?
Always a major Middle Eastern power, Israel now takes centre stage
.New Books Network Review: Rivals in the Gulf
Autocratic vs. Democratic Islam = UAE vs. Indonesia
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