Author: Fuad Shahbazov

Fuad Shahbazov

Fuad Shahbazov is a policy analyst covering regional security issues in the South Caucasus. He is a former research fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies of Azerbaijan and a former senior analyst at the Center for Strategic Communications, also in Azerbaijan. He has been a visiting scholar at the Daniel Morgan School of National Security in Washington, DC. Currently, he is undertaking an MSc in defense, development and diplomacy at Durham University, UK. He tweets at: @fuadshahbazov.

KSA

The Saudi-Sino Military Partnership: Ambitious or Overhyped?

Defense & Security

On June 18, Saudi Arabia’s Defense Minister, Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud,...

KSA

Risky Business: Saudi Arabia’s Oil Price Hike and Market Reaction

Energy & Environment

As the world’s leading energy exporter, Saudi Arabia’s decision to raise the price of oil...

Iraq

Iraq Accommodates Turkish Interests Ahead of Expected Offensive

Defense & Security

On March 14, amid Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan’s most recent official visit to Baghdad,...

Iran

Iran’s Loosening Grip: The Unraveling Control Over Militias

The first week of February 2024 was marked by a series of renewed air strikes...

GCC

Energizing Ties: The Emerging Azerbaijan-Gulf Partnership in Energy

Energy & Environment

On January 8, Mohammad bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (MBZ), the leader of the United Arab Emirates...

Iran

Pragmatic Investment: Possibilities for Saudi-Iranian Cooperation Amid the ...

Geopolitics

In the months since Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed to their Chinese-mediated normalization deal, the...

Iran

Strategic Abstention: The ‘Axis of Resistance’ Deliberate Inact...

Defense & Security

Amid the escalating Gaza war, a striking absence marks the regional conflict landscape: the non-involvement...

KSA

Reimagining Geopolitics: How the IMEC Corridor Aims to Reshape Global Trade...

Economy & Innovation

At the recent G20 summit in New Delhi in September, U.S. President Joe Biden announced...

Iran

Unseen Tensions: The Undercurrents of Iran-Turkey Relations in the South Ca...

Geopolitics

In a region of the world marked by dramatic, high-profile rivalries and conflicts—Israel and Palestine,...

Iran

Iran and Saudi Arabia in SCO: A Strategic Shift in Gulf Alliances

Geopolitics

On July 4, 2023, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) leaders held a virtual summit focusing...

Iran

Escalation of Water Conflict: Iran and Afghanistan at the Brink

Geopolitics

Rising tensions between Iran and Afghanistan, sparked by territorial and water disputes, are at a...

Iran

China’s Yemen Diplomacy and a Multipolar Gulf

Geopolitics

Since it first emerged as an economic powerhouse in the 1990s and early 2000s, China...

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