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Courtney Freer


Dr Courtney Freer is a research fellow at LSE's Middle East Centre.

Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Nasser's pardons of political opposition figures represent an important trust-building step that may have cracked a paralyzing parliamentary gridlock, writes Courtney Freer.

27 October, 2021

Opinion: Recent OPEC+ disputes reveal the potential of single states to upset the bloc and raise questions about its effectiveness when national interests and regional rivalries come to the fore, writes Courtney Freer.

14 July, 2021

Opinion: While member states are unlikely to agree on all their foreign policy goals, GCC countries face common challenges, and may have more success pursuing economic integration, writes Courtney Freer.

27 May, 2021

Comment: Saudi Arabia's ability to comply with its own green goals may remain elusive, but its rhetorical commitment to renewable energy is already a step forward, writes Courtney Freer.

19 April, 2021

Comment: UAE's plan to expand citizenship reflects a nation keen to shore up its assets while protecting access to this traditionally exclusive status, writes Courtney Freer.

05 February, 2021

Comment: Courtney Freer appraises the prospects of a Saudi-Israel normalisation deal, or a resolution to the GCC crisis in the last days of the Trump administration.

03 December, 2020

Comment: Behind the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a 'terrorist, rebellious' group by Saudi and Emirati religious authorities lies a bid to delegitimise the group, writes Courtney Freer

24 November, 2020

Comment: Despite calls for boycotting the G20 summit hosted by Saudi Arabia this year, the world will send representatives. But this is not a favour to Riyadh, explains Courtney Freer

20 November, 2020

Comment: Under Sheikh Sabah, Kuwait cemented its position as an mediating power in the region. His successor is likely to continue that legacy, writes Courtney Freer.

06 October, 2020

Comment: Unless Saudi Arabia submits to proper IAEA inspections, its nuclear ambitions will be viewed with distrust and scepticism by the international community, writes Courtney Freer.

28 September, 2020