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Russia
Arms, energy and ideology
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This chapter sketches out Russia’s historically limited channels of influence in the Gulf, from the Russian Empire to the Soviet era. It discusses the emergence of the Russian Federation in the unipolar world, including variable relations with with the US and the Arab Gulf states. The chapter covers President Putin’s post-Soviet strategy, a strong response to the violent Islamist threat, Russian relations with Iran and the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. In conclusion the chapter conceptualises the pivot points for Russia’s ongoing relations with Saudi Arabia and the UAE such as economic, security and energy considerations.

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Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

Foreign policy and strategic alliances in an uncertain world

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