Author: Dr. Samuel Ramani

Dr. Samuel Ramani

Dr. Samuel Ramani is an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and Non-Resident Fellow at Gulf International Forum. He is also a tutor of politics and international relations at the University of Oxford. Samuel has published extensively on the Gulf region for media outlets and think tanks, such as the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Middle East Institute, and is a regular commentator on broadcast media outlets, such as CNN, the BBC World Service and Al Jazeera English. Samuel’s first book entitled Russia in Africa: Resurgent Great Power or Bellicose Pretender will be published by Hurst and Co. in June and by Oxford University Press later in the year.  

GCC

Russia’s Strategic Maneuvering in the Gulf Amidst the Gaza Conflict

Geopolitics

On October 27, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov issued a dire warning about the escalating...

GCC

The Uneasy Russia-GCC Partnership

Defense & Security

On July 10, a litany of Gulf diplomats—including the foreign ministers of Bahrain, Oman, and...

GCC

GCC Countries and Sudan’s Conflict: Navigating Mediation and Regional Sta...

Geopolitics

Clashes broke out on April 15, 2023, between forces loyal to the Sudanese Armed Forces...

Iraq

Iraq’s Partnership with Russia Persists Despite International Pressure

Geopolitics

On February 6, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein...

GCC

Down, but not Out: Evaluating Russia’s Post-Invasion Record in the Gulf

Defense & Security

During the first year of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Gulf region remained a...

Iran

Eying Influence in Africa, Iran Is Its Own Worst Enemy

Geopolitics

During his visit to Guinea-Bissau in August 2021, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi pledged to pursue...

GCC

The Enemy of My Enemy: Ukrainian Diplomacy in the Gulf

Geopolitics

On November 6, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stridently condemned Iran for supplying unmanned aerial vehicles...

KSA

A Middle Path for Saudi Arabia: How does the War in Ukraine Affect Saudi Fo...

U.S. – Gulf Policy

Saudi Arabia has maintained a neutral position toward the crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of ...

Iran

Russo-Iranian Alignment Will Continue Despite Differences

Geopolitics

On March 15, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian arrived in Moscow to hold talks with...

UAE

The UAE in Libya: A Power Broker or Spoiler?

Geopolitics

Since early April, the United Arab Emirates has strengthened its relationship with Libya’s Government of...

GCC

Lavrov’s GCC Tour: A Sign of Russia’s Increasing Gulf Ties

Geopolitics

From March 8 to 12, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov travelled to the United Arab...

UAE

The UAE Struggle for Turkish Containment: Is it Time for a New Approach?

Geopolitics

Since the United Arab Emirates normalized diplomatic relations with Israel on August 13, tensions between...

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