​​Neil Partrick

"Revolution" in Egypt and Russia:  the triumph of ignorance

"Revolution" in Egypt and Russia: the triumph of ignorance

Thursday, November 09, 2017


Neil Partrick


  1. Centralising power in Saudi Arabia while the big issues remain
    06 Nov, 2017
    Centralising power in Saudi Arabia while the big issues remain
    It’s been one hell of a weekend in Riyadh. Purges of senior figures including a powerful Al-Saud family member, a missile attack by Iranian-backed fighters in Yemen, and the Saudi-allied Lebanese prime minister announcing his resignation in the Saudi capital. The dramatic arrests of senior officials and businessmen in Saudi Arabia add up to one thing: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) sees his assumption of total control as inseparable from the popular and practical requirement that
  2. Saving Syria: Sami’s Peace Plan
    12 Sep, 2017
    Saving Syria: Sami’s Peace Plan
    Sami Khiyami was the Syrian ambassador to the UK until March 2012. As the fighting in his home country raged and his recommendations were ignored, he asked President Assad to allow him to resign his post. After some deliberation Assad reluctantly agreed to what Khiyami wanted, on the understanding that he would not be defecting but simply stepping aside. Since then Sami Khiyami, like many Syrians, has been based in neighbouring Lebanon. For more than a year he has been trying to build support
  3. Qatar's foreign policy leverage
    12 Jun, 2017
    Qatar's foreign policy leverage
    I had this short opinion piece published by Sada, the online publication of the Carnegie Endowment in Washington DC in mid-June 2017. It was part of a four person analysis of the Qatar-GCC crisis. Read it and the opinions of the other analysts by clicking here.
  4. Terror puts question mark over UK's relations with Saudi and Qatar
    07 Jun, 2017
    Terror puts question mark over UK's relations with Saudi and Qatar
    The latest terror attack in the UK coinciding with the action of a Saudi-led Arab coalition to snuff out an independent Qatari foreign policy, has once more explicitly joined these two worlds. In the aftermath of Manchester and London,  Saudi Arabia is in the dock as an alleged source of violent extremism on the streets of the UK while in the Middle East, it is Qatar that is accused of backing terrorism. The UK’s Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron argued that
  5. Lebanon in the eye of the storm
    01 Jun, 2017
    Lebanon in the eye of the storm
    Hizbollah are defiant. They know that the regular Lebanese armed forces are weak and that most Lebanese, mindful of the horror show next door in Syria, think that the Shia militia is crucial to their national security. However Hizbollah is under increasing US financial pressure, while US and allied forces could weaken Hizbollah’s position in Syria. At the same time Israel recently targeted its Damascus airport supply line and could restart the confrontation with Hizbollah in south Lebanon.
  6. "Counterproductive US-Saudi Security Ties"
    31 Mar, 2017
    "Counterproductive US-Saudi Security Ties"
    Sada, the online Middle Eastern analysis journal of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, published Neil Partrick's analysis of the Saudi-US security relationship  under the heading "Counterproductive US-Saudi security ties" It argues that the Saudi-US joint goal of containing Iran and Sunni armed militants may, paradoxically, be set back by their approach. It also notes, however, that the incipient Saudi-Emirati naval competition in the Red Sea area may constrain an overuse of military
  7. Saudi Arabia and the Trump Administration: a marriage of mutual needs
    17 Feb, 2017
    Saudi Arabia and the Trump Administration: a marriage of mutual needs
    The Saudis have sent mixed messages in response to nascent Trumpian Middle Eastern policy. Domestic Saudi media likes the tough words toward Iran, whereas externally-based Saudi media has been more sceptical, in effect asking ‘where’s the beef?’ Saudi doublethink has long been a characteristic of the Kingdom’s foreign policy. Vague US talk of Iran being “on notice” is preferable in the Saudis’ backyard than red lines whose enforcement might take the Gulf to war (as opposed to exacerbating
  8. UAE's passage to India
    27 Jan, 2017
    UAE's passage to India
    The UAE’s de facto leader Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayyed (MbZ) was in India January 24-26 on a visit symbolising the two countries’ burgeoning relationship. MbZ was chief guest at India’s Republic Day parade, which included Emirati forces in a seemingly unprecedented involvement of foreign forces. Symbolic of the UAE’s push toward India, MbZ, who is Abu Dhabi’s crown prince, ensured a modest reciprocation for his host, Indian premier Narendra Modi, by ensuring that Dubai’s Burj Al-Khalifa, the
  9. US Yemen policy under Trump
    10 Nov, 2016
    US Yemen policy under Trump
    Sada online journal (Carnegie) feature on Trump's prospective Mid-East policies    On November 10 2016, Sada (Carnegie Endowment) published an opinion piece by me on the implications for Yemen of the Trump presidency. You can read it, and a host of other pundits' assessments of the prospective impact of President Trump on other Middle Eastern countries/issues, by clicking here.