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India and Pakistan
Shifting tides of interaction and dependency
in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
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Saudi and United Arab Emirates relations with India and Pakistan, and Asia more widely, are becoming increasingly complex and dynamic as Saudi Arabia shifts focus from Islamic to economic credentials and as these Gulf Cooperation Council states continue to implement their Visions strategies. Whilst relations with India and Pakistan are durable, a number of potential hurdles remain. This chapter argues that Saudi–India relations and Saudi–Pakistani relations reached a possible inversion point in the 2015–20 period after Pakistan proved unreliable in sending troops to support the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen and indirectly criticised Saudi Arabia over its policy on Kashmir. As a major and growing economy which has been able to establish joint ventures and avoid entanglements in the Middle East, and with significant military-to-military relations, India adds significant value for these states. The chapter concludes with further remarks concerning the conceptualisation of shifts and transitions taking place bilaterally and inter-regionally between South and West Asia.

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Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

Foreign policy and strategic alliances in an uncertain world


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