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Saudi Arabia and Iran: The Struggle to Shape the Middle East

The fractious rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran and its impact on the Middle East.

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Saudi Arabia and Iran: The Struggle to Shape the Middle East

The fractious rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran and its impact on the Middle East.


The rise of illiberal civil society in the former Soviet Union?

Charting the rise of illiberal groups in Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine, Moldova and Kyrgyzstan.


Closing the Door: the challenge facing activists from the former Soviet Union seeking asylum or refuge

The challenge facing activists from the former Soviet Union seeking asylum or refuge.

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Shrinking space for civil society

Across the world independent civil society is coming under growing pressure from governments made uncomfortable by their work.

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Hungary and Poland: Democracy and rule of law under pressure

The Foreign Policy Centre is hosting a Westminster seminar to explore the current political situation in Hungary and Poland. This event will comprise an expert panel discussion and the first UK presentation of a 35 min documentary film, ‘State Capture: The story of Hungary 1988-2018’. The event will examine the growing concerns about rule-of-law (including judicial freedom), media freedom, protection of minorities, commitment to democratic pluralism and the rise of ...

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Dr Gabor Scheiring, Research Fellow University of Cambridge

Dr Marcin Matczak, Associate Professor, Institute of State and Law Studies, University of Warsaw

Clare Algar, Director- Europe Regional Office, Amnesty International

Chair: Alex Sobel MP

November 22, 2018
November 22, 2018 7pm-9pm

Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons, London,  SW1A 2LW

Strategic Partners or Drifting Apart? British-Turkish Relations in the Age of Brexit

As Britain prepares to leave the European Union, London is looking to develop bilateral relations with non-EU countries. Turkey has been identified as an important trade and strategic partner. British-Turkish relations are worth $16 billion and there are 3,000 British companies, which operate in Turkey. Both are NATO members and are part of the Global Coalition against ISIS, while the UK has traditionally been an advocate for closer collaboration with Turkey. However, ...

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Dr Simon Waldman, Mercator-IPC Fellow, Istanbul Policy Center

Dr Ayla Göl, Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Dr Natalie Martin, Senior Lecturer in Politics and IR, Nottingham Trent University

Further speaker : TBC

Chair: Catherine West MP

November 27, 2018
November 27, 2018 18:00-19:30

Committee Room 11, House of Commons, Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA

Global Britain: Myths, Reality and Post-Brexit Foreign Policy

This seminar organised by the Foreign Policy Centre and Aston University seeks to explore the UK’s role in the World post-Brexit. In the post-war era the traditional view of the UK’s international influence was rooted in its membership of NATO, the UN Security Council, the European Union and its close relationship with the United States, enabling it to claim that it was ‘punching above its weight’ on the world stage. ...

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Dr Judi Atkins, Lecturer in Politics

Dr Andrew Glencross, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP, former Culture Secretary and FPC Political Council Member

January 15, 2019
Tuesday January 15th, 6pm-7.30pm

Room TBC, House of Commons, Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA

Latest Articles

The view from Riyadh

Most analysis of the Saudi-Iranian rivalry seems to miss the fundamental points that underline the tension.[1] Iran is trying to save itself from either foreign intervention or domestic unrest[2] while…

Article by Professor Madawi Al-Rasheed

The Yemen war: a proxy sectarian war?

The diffusion of protests against authoritarian regimes across the Arab world in 2011 reinvigorated Yemen’s marginalized social movements and united different geographical and political factions in Yemen, such as the…

Article by Dr May Darwich

Conclusion and recommendations

Understanding the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran goes some way in understanding the uncertainty and instability that plays out across the contemporary Middle East. There is little doubt that…

Article by Dr Simon Mabon
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