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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.

Analysis: While highly symbolic for Iran in the face of international isolation, serious obstacles will continue to limit bilateral cooperation.

20 February, 2023

Analysis: Saudi financial assistance has been slower than usual due to a changing political and economic climate, but strategic relations between both countries remain deeply entrenched.

16 January, 2023

Analysis: Syed Asim Munir has taken charge of Pakistan's powerful army amid an economic crisis and deepening political tensions.

06 December, 2022

Analysis: As relations with Washington take a sour turn, Riyadh is exploring new options to extend its geopolitical influence.

10 November, 2022

Analysis: While nuclear talks had already reached a deadlock, Iran's response to the protest movement could further change the calculus of diplomatic negotiations.

26 October, 2022

Analysis: Already the de facto ruler, MbS' new role as prime minister formalises his power status domestically while also providing legal cover against lawsuits over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

05 October, 2022

Analysis: Regardless of the nuclear deal's fate, Tehran is seeking to diversify its foreign policy and secure economic opportunities on the African continent while countering the influence of its rivals.

12 September, 2022

Analysis: Expectations are high ahead of the Chinese president's anticipated visit to the Kingdom, signalling deepening strategic ties between Beijing and Riyadh while sending a strong message to Washington.

25 August, 2022

In-depth: India's Adani-led consortium, which has close ties to Prime Minister Modi, has bought Israel's second largest port. While the acquisition will boost bilateral ties, New Delhi is also seeking better regional economic relations.

05 August, 2022

GCC states have hurried to implement preventative climate measures as the frequency of sandstorms continues to rise. With the issue set to remain, the need for a regional action plan to mitigate its economic effects is needed now more than ever.

18 July, 2022