Presentation by Isabell Schierenbeck, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg.
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What is in Yemen for Iran? A Realist Assessment of Tehran’s
Strategic Calculus in the Arabian Peninsula
Author: Maysam Behravesh
A chapter in “Navigating the Regional Chessboard” (Ed. Vogt, Achim & Schmid, Sarah), December 2020
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
This article addresses Iran’s involvement in Yemen from a realist perspective and in the wider framework of the geopolitical rivalry between the Islamic Republic on the one hand and Saudi Arabia and its allies, particularly the United States, on the other. Focusing on the “demand” side of the civil war, or motives and incentives for its perpetuation, it tries to delineate how Iranian leaders perceive Yemen and how Tehran uses this pivotal node of “strategic depth” in the Arabian Peninsula for deterrence, security provision as well as power projection purposes. The article concludes Iran is in Yemen for the long haul and therefore urges a holistic policy approach to conflict resolution that recognizes long-term interests and concerns of all major conflicting parties on the ground and seeks to make Iran’s intervention and involvement in Yemen less necessary rather than more costly.
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Addressing Missile Threats in the Middle East and North Africa
Authors: Dr. Tytti Erästö & Pieter D. Wezeman
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
This SIPRI Policy Brief contributes to the discussion on missile proliferation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) by providing an overview of regional missile arsenals and by considering ways to address related risks. The paper makes policy recommendations, highlighting the need to move beyond the selective focus on certain types of missiles in the hands of certain states, towards a more comprehensive approach based on greater transparency, responsible arms exports and confidence- and security-building measures (CSBMs).
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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict comprises several thorny political and legal issues; such as the law of occupation, notions of sovereignty and territory, the rights of minorities and the structures of representative democracy. While international law is quite clear on some of these issues, the law operates within political contexts and as we have seen in the course of the past 20 years the respect for fundamental legal frameworks has been weakened.
This webinar is the first series of three in which we will explore the legal aspects and ramifications of the conflict as well as the state of play in both the Israeli and Palestinian society.
More information can be found here.
Valentina Azarova: Research Fellow, Manchester International Law Centre, University of Manchester, and Legal advisor with the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN)
Catriona Drew: Lecturer in International Law the School of Law and the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, University of London
Ralph Wilde: Associate Professor, Faculty of Laws at University College London
Pål Wrange: Professor of Public International Law at Stockholm University. Director, Stockholm Center for International Law and Justice
Rouzbeh Parsi, Head of UI:s MENA Programme