My latest piece examines growing tensions in the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
Quoted in TRT World about Pakistan, Saudi Arabia & Kashmir
I’m quoted in this story about Pakistan’s tensions with Saudi Arabia over Kashmir in TRT World today:
““It’s certainly possible that Pakistan will participate in a meeting about Kashmir outside of the OIC framework,” says Rupert Stone, a Middle East analyst, adding that a forum of Muslim leaders that met in Malaysia last year can be an option…The Kuala Lumpur summit seemingly pressured the OIC into taking a more proactive stance on Kashmir, showing it is a useful mechanism for raising the issue,” says Stone.”
Don’t Believe the Hype about China and Iran
China and Iran are reportedly negotiating a $400 billion investment and security agreement, but the deal is far less significant than media reports suggest, I write here.
How US-Iran Tensions Might Benefit China
My latest essay asks whether rising tensions in the Middle East following the US’ recent killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani could benefit China. The answer: yes, but not in the way you might think.
Growing Ties Between India & Saudi Arabia
My latest article – which I’m a bit late posting – looks at the rapidly intensifying ties between India and Pakistan’s old friend, Saudi Arabia.
The Risk of a Saudi-Iran Proxy War in Afghanistan
My latest assesses the risk of a Saudi-Iran proxy war in Afghanistan.
Don’t Underestimate Pakistan’s Relationship with Iran
Read my essay from last week on the Pakistan-Iran relationship, posted a bit late here as I was away travelling when it was published.
The Crisis in US-Saudi Relations
I have a new piece up at TRT World on the escalating crisis in US-Saudi relations, and the possibility that Riyadh will get closer to Russia and China as a result.
Can Saudi Arabia Play Peacemaker in Afghanistan?
I have an article at TRT World examining Saudi Arabia’s role in Afghanistan, available here.