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The year 1973 is usually considered the great equaliser among major oil producers. But the 'Visions' strategies of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, a so-called middle power and small state in the Middle East regional system, point to broadening economic relations as a great enhancer of economic power. This book explores the impact of regime type and leadership style on the two countries' foreign policies. It reveals how autonomy and influence, threat perception and alliance patterns are folded into the complex and personal riyal politik and economic statecraft that sit at the core of their international relations.
This event is taking place in Bush House South East wing, room 1.02.
Dr Robert Mason is a Non-Resident Fellow at The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington and at the Gulf Research Center in Jeddah. Prior to this he was an Associate Professor and Director of the Middle East Studies Center at The American University in Cairo. He has been a visiting fellow at the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics, and the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh. He earned his PhD Middle East Politics from the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter. His latest book Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates: Foreign Policy and Strategic Alliances in an Uncertain World, was published by Manchester University Press in 2023.