Title Saudi Arabian Foreign Policy
Author Neil Partrick
ISBN 9781780769141
List price GBP 90.00
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 416
Book size 132 x 216 mm
Publishing year 2016
Original publisher I B Tauris & Company
Published in India by I B Tauris & Company
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Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
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‘A very welcome addition to the literature on Saudi Arabia ... a: much needed overview of Saudi foreign policy for scholars and policy makers, while also being accessible to the wider public.’
—Gabriele vom Bruck, Senior Lecturer in the Anthropology of the Middle East, SOAS, University of London

‘This volume is terrific as a reference and also a good read.’
—Michele Dunne, Director and Senior Associate, Middle East Programme, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

‘A timely book to help us understand the history and motivation of the major Sunni regional power ... This collection of articles covers the whole gamut of Saudi Arabia’s main external relationships including the role played by Islam and oil in shaping its foreign policy.’
—Sir William Patey, UK Ambassador to Saudi Arabia 2007-10


As the only oil producer with additional capacity to shape the world economy, Saudi Arabia is one of the most significant states in twenty-first-century geopolitics. Despite its enormous potential 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. Here, 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. As Saudi Arabia prepares for a generational shift caused by an ageing leadership, the rapidly changing balance of power 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 has become more important than ever.


List of Illustrations • Preface • Glossary • Notes on Contributors

Part I The Internal Context

Chapter 1. Domestic Factors and Foreign Policy - Neil Partrick
Chapter 2. Islam and Identity in Foreign Policy - Menno Preuschaft
Chapter 3. Saudi Arabia and the Politics of Oil - Neil Quilliam

Part II Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Relations

Chapter 4.
Saudi Arabia’s Relations with Egypt - Neil Partrick
Chapter 5. Saudi Arabia and the GCC states - Neil Partrick
Chapter 6. Saudi Arabia and the Horn of Africa - Harry Verhoeven and Eckart Woertz
Chapter 7. Saudi Arabia and Iran - Neil Partrick
Chapter 8. Saudi Arabia and Iraq - Neil Partrick
Chapter 9. Saudi Arabia’s Relations with Israel and Palestine - René Rieger
Chapter 10. Saudi Arabia and Jordan - Neil Partrick
Chapter 11. Saudi Arabia and the Maghreb - Mohammed El-Katiri
Chapter 12. Saudi Arabia’s Relations with Syria and Lebanon - Neil Partrick
Chapter 13. Saudi Arabia and Turkey - Neil Partrick
Chapter 14. Saudi Arabia and Yemen - Neil Partrick
Chapter 15. Saudi Arabia and East Asia - Neil Partrick
Chapter 16. Saudi Arabia’s Relations with Indonesia - Yon Machmudi
Chapter 17. Saudi Arabia’s Relations with Malaysia - Mohd Fauzi Abu-Hussin and Mohd Afandi Salleh
Chapter 18. Saudi Arabia’s Relations with South Asia - Robert Mason
Chapter 19. Saudi Arabia and Europe - Neil Partrick
Chapter 20. Saudi Arabia and Russia - Mark N. Katz
Chapter 21. Saudi Arabia and the USA - Neil Partrick


Select Bibliography • Index

About the Author:

Neil Partrick
writes and consults extensively on the Gulf and wider Middle East for a wide range of companies including the Economist Group and Oxford Analytica. He has taught at the University of Westminster, the University of Middlesex and the American University of Sharjah and was Head of the Middle East and North Africa Department at the Royal United. Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI). He holds a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Target Audience:

Academicians and students of the Middle East and International Relations.

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