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I'm extremely excited to announce that my book "Iranian-Saudi Rivalry since 1979: In the Words of Kings & Clerics" has been published by @BloomsburyBooks @ibtauris.
Let me tell you a little bit about my book & my decade-long journey in this thread🧵1/25
This book is a revision of my DPhil Dissertation at @UniofOxford @StCrossCollege which covered Iranian & Saudi Mutual (mis)Representations 1979-2009 & subsequent work that covered this rivalry up to 2021 as an Academic Visitor at @StAntsCollege @OxfordMEC . 2/25
This publication builds on the work of great experts, scholars & academics including [in alpha. order]
#ShahramChubin @carnegienpp
#HennerFürtig @GIGA_Institute 3/25
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Keep an eye on the traded CDS quotations.
Many countries are inching closer to Sovereign Default on financial obligations.
Global Sovereign Credit Risk is entering into a new phase, one which will provide new opportunities for Eurobond, distressed assets and hedge fund managers
Countries that misplay their growth targets suffer in the long run.
High economic growth is not a solution for every nation, as most of the countries in the developing world run out of forex reserves.
It can very well become a major source of instability after some time.
Japan and Spain are well remembered for their economic growth rates from the 1950s to the 1970s.
Spain was booming under General Franco, and so was Japan.
Where do these two countries stand now?
Macroeconomic Models must adjust to the empirical and theoretical ground realities,
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Annual violence in #Jerusalem in #Ramadan at holy places. Members of militant groups wanted by #Palestinian & #Israel security play football inside #MasjidAlAqsa. Local security accuses them of sparking violence during holy month for political reasons. /1
#Israel security released this video four hours ago to contain damage from earlier videos of rioting by members of militant groups. 26,000 worshippers entered #MasjidAlAqsa grounds peacefully today for Friday prayers after rioters were cleared. /2

Amjad Taha: "No mosque in the world, from #Pakistan to #Qatar, #Kuwait to #Yemen, allows fireworks, rocks and iron into the mosque." /3

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🇷🇺🔥🇺🇦 #Rusia vs #Ucrania (día 40) – Comenzamos nuestro #hilo diario sobre la #GuerraEnUcrania con este vídeo, grabado en la localidad de Buryn, en la óblast de #Sumy.

🟥 Según el gobernador regional, los rusos ya se habrían retirado completamente esta óblast.

🙏 Comparte🙏
🇷🇺🔥🇺🇦 #Rusia vs #Ucrania (día 40) – Imagen por satélite de #Bucha. Según algunas fuentes, los rusos habrían construido junto a esta iglesia una fosa común de unos 15 metros de longitud en la que habría cientos de cadáveres.

➡️ Geolocalización:
🇷🇺🔥🇺🇦 #Rusia vs #Ucrania (día 40) – Protestas en Kakhova, en la óblast de Jersón, al sur de Ucrania.
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Así, de tiempo en tiempo:

1) EEUU entró a la 1ra Guerra Mundial, y abandonó "su neutralidad" en 1917 por el hundimiento del carguero británico RMS Lusitania a manos de un submarino alemán; además del descubrimiento del telegrama Zimmerman que proponía a MX recuperar territorios
2) En la 2da Guerra Mundial, #EEUU nuevamente "víctima" de los terribles japoneses por el ataque a las bases de Pearl Harbor, se involucra "en respuesta", y aplasta con sanciones económicas a #Alemania y con bombas atómicas a #Japón; único país que lo ha hecho en la guerra.
3) En la guerra de Corea, 1950-1953, bajo la doctrina #Truman, que abogaba por combatir el comunismo en todo el mundo, #EEUU argumentó su intromisión en defensa del sur contra los ataques comunistas del norte. Fue una guerra muy sangrienta.

4) Bajo esa lógica, EEUU entró al...
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"I believe IPTC can be a powerful catalyst in the transformation of commitment to action," says Nasir K. Al-Naimi, SVP Upstream of #Saudi @aramco at the International Petroleum Technology Conference #IPTC2022
"We know the world needs us now, perhaps more than ever, to ensure the #energy transition leaves no nation behind," says Nasir Al-Naimi of @aramco at the International Petroleum Technology Conference, held at Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Centre #IPTC2022
.@Aramco is among the lowest #oil producers in terms of #carbon intensity, Aramco's chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan says at the International Petroleum Technology Conference #IPTC2022
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The politics of boycotting films+sports due to #Israel links have failed. Most states in the region will not follow #Lebanon+#Kuwait's lead in banning #DeathOnTheNile; @GalGadot remains a popular artist. /1…
#Hezbollah (a proxy militia) controls #Lebanon policy, and #Kuwait politics are dominated by extremists & populists. I remember visiting Kuwait's Ministry of Information when Schindler's List was released to speak to officials about the ban in Kuwait. The lady official I spoke /2
..with did not offer a compelling argument for the ban except repeatedly referring to the "principles," even though the film story was irrelevant to Mideast politics and focused on genocide in Europe. Luckily, the region has moved on but pockets of extreme views persist. /3
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Are we #Kandahar? #Kuwait royal family member Sheikh Ali Jaber Al-Sabah criticizes his brother Defense Minister Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al-Sabah for issuing an order forcing women in the Armed Forces to wear hijab, not carry arms, not join physical training, & enlist only when needed.
...and the part of #Kuwait Defense Minister's order that raised most controversy is for #women to get a husband or father's written permission before joining the military. This forced an activist to ask: Is she joining a kindergarten or the military?

Are we becoming #Kandahar? Wearing hijab as a precondition for joining the military with prior consent of husband or father has stirred an uproar in #Kuwait. The brother of the Defense Minister issued a statement opposing the order. See Image
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Interesting, Hael (sometimes spelled Hail) may well be where the word “hail” comes from. Earlier in the year it had some amazing hail storms. Weather in the Middle East atm really is seriously cray cray.
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How would I rate #, Harold MacMillan, as the PM of the UK?
Excellent sense of humour.
An eloquent speaker!
#Détente between the East and the West became possible due to #Macmillan’s diplomacy and energetic role in international politics.
He was probably a gifted International Relations Practitioner who had an exceptional understanding of issues around the world.
He was remarkably the first to predict an International crisis in the Gulf back in the 1960s after #Kuwait was given independence with a special status.
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WH issues readout of US Nat'l Security Advisor #JakeSullivan's conversation today with #Russia's presidential foreign policy advisor, #YuriyUshakov, re: Russia and #Ukraine.

#Ushakov #Putin #Zelensky Image
WH / US Nat'l Security Council spokesperson issues readout of US Nat'l Security Advisor #JakeSullivan conversation today with nat'l security advisors, foreign ministers & other officials from #BucharestNine of #NATO Allies re: #Russia & #Ukraine.

#B9 #Putin #Zelensky Image
WH / US Nat'l Security Council spokesperson issues readout of US Nat'l Security Advisor #JakeSullivan's conversation today with #Russia's foreign policy advisor to the president, #YuriyUshakov.

#Putin #Zelensky #Ukraine #Ushakov Image
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Nat'l Security Council Spokesperson Emily Horne issues readout of Nat'l Security Advisor #JakeSullivan's conversation today with #Ukrain's head of presidential office, #AndriyYermak.

#Russia Image
#BREAKING (via WH press pool)
#Biden talks with journalists re: #Ukraine.

#Russia Image
#BREAKING (via WH press pool)
#Biden says re: potential invasion of #Ukraine by #Russia:

"We’ve been aware of Russia’s actions for a long time and my expectation is we’re going to have a long discussion."

He adds that "won't accept" #Putin's red line in Ukraine. Image
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Meanwhile, in #Pakistan, the country's political+military leaders are held hostage by extremist Islamists, literally forced to reconfirm their allegiance to Islam! The hordes threaten to storm the capital. Perfect script for a historical drama reliving 11th century in 21st. #TLP
...meanwhile, in #Islamabad, which resembles #Baghdad just before the Mongols stormed it. [Or #Rome as Nero fiddles]

Reported divisions within PM #ImranKhan Govt on how to deal with banned #TLP religious group threatening to storm #Pakistan capital #Islamabad. Meanwhile, discontent inside Punjab Police, where officers believe Govt and state abandoned them before religious extremists.
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#SaudiArabia expels #Lebanon ambassador. #GCC states expected to follow suit. Decision could impact Lebanese labor; comes after 🇱🇧 govt minister supports #Houthi militia in #Yemen. But this step reflects #Gulf frustration at #Iran-backed #Hezbollah militia's chokehold over 🇱🇧. /1
#Saudi decision to throw out #Lebanon ambassador is not a sudden move but also caps years of #Iran/#IRGC using #Lebanon produce/fruit export trucks to smuggle narcotics into the #Gulf. /2

#Kuwait media tycoon @Ahmadaljaralah says #Lebanon minister's statement is admission of #Iran military interference in #Yemen; calls #Hezbollah chief Nasrallah "Hassan Ammonia" (reference to #Beirut port warehouse explosion) /3

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#SaudiArabien hat seinen Botschafter aus #Libanon zurückgerufen u den libanesischen Botschafter aufgefordert, binnen 48Std. das Land zu verlassen. Hintergrund sind die Attacken des lib. Informationsministers George Qordahi wg des Captagon-Schmuggels nach SA durch Hizbollah-Leute.
Die Drogenkrise lässt erahnen, wie der Markt für Captagon in SA wächst. Produziert wird die Droge, die uU eine ähnlich verheerende Wirkung wie Crystal Meth hat, in v syrischen Regime kontrollierten Labors u soll die eigenen Soldaten u Milizionäre bei ihren Einsätzen aufputschen.
Die zahlreichen Funde v Drogen aus syr. Produktion in Häfen v SA legen nahe, dass sich das syr. Regime verstärkt aus dem Drogengeschäft finanziert u dabei auch die Infrastruktur u Netzwerke des lib. Hizbollah zu nutzen versteht. Stellungnahmen hierzu v syr. Seite gibt es nicht.
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The #MGISummit is about to begin. Follow our live coverage of the event, where high-profile regional leaders gather in #Riyadh to discuss #climate action ahead of #COP26.
#MGISummit: #Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, as well as #Jordan and and #Kuwait's crown princes, arrive at the venue. Pakistani PM @ImranKhanPTI also shows attendance.
#MGISummit: #Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa and #UAE's Finance Minister Hamad bin Rashid Al Maktoum have also arrived
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Long time no see, baby!
#USAF 🇺🇸 RC-135W Rivet Joint #ELINT/#SIGINT/#COMINT over #Iraq 🇮🇶
62-4139 | AE01D0 | #PYTHN56 Image
OKBK - #Kuwait - 2151Z
Comms with #USAF 🇺🇸 KC-135R #Tanker @ 2151Z:
- “Shell30, confirm you’d like to enter iraqi airspace, confirm.”
+ “Affirm sir, Iraqi airspace first, and then RTBing to OTBH [Al Udeid Air Base, #Qatar]

#Iraq 🇮🇶
#USAF 🇺🇸 #MOJO86 (KC-10A #Tanker) enters #Iraq 🇮🇶
Comms with OKBK @ 2201Z:
“MOJO86 contact #Baghdad 123.0”
“123.0 for MOJO86”
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#Pakistan was never a "hired gun" in any war, and it has entered many wars - near and far - for its interests, like any other nation. The narrative of a hired gun is a claptrap; earns political points, but is demeaning for the country, insulting, and self-defeating. /1
History is debatable, but #Pakistan smartly dragged the #US and the free world into a war against the Soviet Union in #Afghanistan; & rightly so. Pak benefited from the project, and also paid a heavy price. The actions of a smart nation that effectively defended its interests. /2
#Pakistan joined the #Bosnia war vs #Serbia+#Russia; helped #Azerbaijan vs #Armenia, #Kuwait vs #Iraq; #Jordan vs militants; supported freedom movements in #Algeria+#Tunisia; backed Western allies in Suez Crisis, helped Kashmiris, & helped counter communism in Arab countries. /3
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#BREAKING: The last #USAF aircraft left #Kabul International airport minutes ago. They are six C-17A transport aircraft with 07-7173, 08-8197, 07-7182, 07-7185, 07-7181 & 09-9211 serial numbers. 07-7173 with Moose88 call-sign was the last aircraft to leave #Afghanistan.
This RC-135W Rivet Joint SIGINT aircraft of #USAF serialled 62-4139 played important role in monitoring radio calls & telephone conversation of #ISILK & #Taliban terrorists as the last American troops from #USArmy 82nd Airborne Division were departing #Kabul, #Afghanistan.
Three KC-135R (58-0124, 60-0360 & 62-3554) & a KC-10A (83-0082) were the last #USAF tankers participating the Operation #AlliesRefuge by refueling a RC-135W SIGINT airplane, six C-17A heavy airlifters & two B-52H heavy bombers.
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Latest #Afghanistan evacuation numbers, as released by the @WhiteHouse. Image
Latest from the @WhiteHouse on @POTUS and #Afghanistan. Image
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#BREAKING: #USArmy 82nd Airborne Division is still sending troops to #Afghanistan. Not only, the number of #US troops there is reduced rather it is increased 3 times. These two #USAF's C-17As (06-6166 & 08-8190) supported by three KC-135R/T tankers are sending 300 more troops.
Two #USAF KC-135R tankers (61-0298 and 63-8045) and an RC-135W Rivet Joint (62-4138) have headed to #Afghanistan to support the evacuation of Afghan & #US citizens from #Kabul airport. It is first time that a Rivet Joint is getting involved in this operation.
Tanker activity in the Al-Dhafra-#Kabul airbridge. Two Al-Udeid based #USAF KC-135Rs are going #Afghanistan while a KC-10A tanker returns to Al-Dhafra.
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NEW: "Significant developments" in #Kabul overnight, per @PentagonPresSec

US troops "working to reestablish security" after breaches on the civilian side of the airport
"We don't want anyone else to get hurt" per @PentagonPresSec says of video showing people falling from an airplane taking off

Currently, no flights are taking off
2,500 US troops at airport - another 500 arriving in the coming hours, per @PentagonPresSec
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