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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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US puts the brakes on burgeoning Israel-China ties

12 June, 2020

Israel's blossoming ties with China are being scrutinised by the US as tensions grow between Washington and Beijing.

Mapping China's Health Silk Road in the Middle East

19 May, 2020

China is using medical diplomacy as a soft power tool in the Middle East.

New EU trade mechanism offers hope to pandemic-hit Iran

08 April, 2020

The recent launch of the EU's Iran-trading mechanism, Instex, offers hope to Tehran at a time when economic deadlock and the Covid-19 outbreak threaten to wreak havoc.

Pakistan and Qatar's key role in Afghan peace deal

03 March, 2020

For nearly two years, Doha became the political headquarters of the Taliban and mediation efforts between the US and the Afghan side were carried out by Pakistan.

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.

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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