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Dr. Naser Al-Tamimi

Dr. Naser Al-Tamimi is a UK-based Middle East researcher, political analyst and commentator with interests in energy politics and Gulf-Asia relations. Al-Tamimi is author of the book “China-Saudi Arabia Relations, 1990-2012: Marriage of Convenience or Strategic Alliance?” He can be reached on e-mail: [email protected]

Twitter: @nasertamimi

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Why all is not well in fragile Algeria

Algeria’s president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, last week dismissed Abdelmadjid Tebboune as prime minister, less than three months after his appointment.

August 20, 2017

Independence? Iraqi Kurds should be careful what they wish for

The people of Iraqi Kurdistan will vote next month in a referendum on whether to remain part of Iraq, or choose the independent state that has been the dream of every Kurdish nationalist movement since the breakup of the Ottoman empire a century ago.

August 13, 2017

The Gulf crisis: Why is India still neutral?

The decision by four Arab states — Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt — to cut ties with Qatar may have ramifications on India. For now, these will be mostly concentrated in the diplomatic sphere; however, pressure on New Delhi to pick sides is likely to grow as the Gulf crisis deepens.

July 29, 2017

Why the Gulf crisis could benefit Russia

Maybe for the first time in decades, Russia finds itself enjoying good relations with all the Gulf states, including Iran and Iraq. Moscow’s calls for a peaceful resolution of the Gulf crisis through dialogue clearly reflects this neutral position.

July 15, 2017

World Investment Report 2017: Arabs still lag

THE UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on June 7 released its annual flagship investment report entitled “World Investment Report 2017: Investment and the Digital Economy.”

June 09, 2017

Iran’s energy sector: No boom ahead?

Iran might be boasting the world’s fourth-largest proven oil reserves and the second-largest natural gas deposits but its energy sector, hampered by years of mismanagement, sanctions and lack of advanced technology, is in dire need of new international investments.

June 03, 2017

KSA’s important role in the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative

Four years ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed his ambitious plan “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR), or the “Belt and Road Initiative,” which comprises the land-based Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. 

May 13, 2017

China’s North Korea dilemma

Over the past few years, tension has been mounting on the Korean Peninsula and has escalated since Donald Trump took over as the US president.

May 05, 2017