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Sabena Siddiqui is a foreign affairs journalist, lawyer and geopolitical analyst specialising in modern China, the Belt and Road Initiative, Middle East and South Asia.

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Is Saudi disinterest in Kashmir due to business interests?

20 February, 2020

Stopping short of completely ignoring the situation in the Kashmir Valley since the Indian government completely scrapped its special status, Saudi Arabia has remained distant and disconnected.

Could coronavirus impact oil markets?

04 February, 2020

The coronavirus factor has become a major risk for energy markets which were already quite erratic.

Greta Thunberg's message for the Middle East at Davos

22 January, 2020

The climate theme at Davos has enormous relevance for the Middle East, where rising sea levels, harsher droughts and increased temperatures will have a detrimental impact on shipping and oil.

Is Iran's nuclear deal still viable?

16 January, 2020

Following the killing of Qasem Soleimani, Iran feels it is not bound by the JCPOA and announced it will go ahead with uranium enrichment this time.

Does Riyadh feel threatened by the new Muslim alliance?

03 January, 2020

The KL Summit hopes to be a leading force in shaping and restoring Islamic civilisation, but why does Saudi Arabia feel threatened by this new Muslim power bloc?

Saudi Aramco IPO fails to attract Western investors

17 December, 2019

The sale of the largest oil company in the world did not create waves, and globally it got a very lacklustre reception, much to Riyadh's surprise.

Did this year's GCC summit help bridge Gulf differences?

10 December, 2019

Billed as a potential 'reconciliation conference', Saudi Arabia now appears to be taking a more conciliatory approach after adopting a combative foreign policy under de facto leader MbS.

The impact of Artificial Intelligence in the GCC

20 November, 2019

Estimated to contribute as much as $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030, Artificial Intelligence is considered a game changer and could help revive GCC's hydrocarbon-based economies.

'Multi-billion projects in the pipeline' at Saudi investment forum

29 October, 2019

Some of the biggest corporate names and top government officials that had boycotted Davos in the Desert last December are returning to the same forum again this year.

Is the Saudi tourism industry sustainable?

18 October, 2019

Saudi Arabia's travel and tourism sector could generate $70.9 billion to the country’s GDP this year, but negative perceptions about the country refuse to fade away.

Saudi media policies tightened even further after Khashoggi's murder

01 October, 2019

Saudi Arabia tried to end criticism by killing Khashoggi, but instead ended up spoiling the liberal image they were trying so hard to inculcate for the success of Vision 2030.

Can 'strategic ally' Pakistan help defuse Saudi Aramco tensions?

20 September, 2019

After the recent attacks on Saudi Aramco, Imran Khan's visit to the kingdom has strategic significance and can hold further implications for other crises in the region such as Kashmir.

Sabena Siddiqui
Sabena Siddiqui

Sabena Siddiqui is a foreign affairs journalist, lawyer and geopolitical analyst specialising in modern China, the Belt and Road Initiative, Middle East and South Asia.

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