Pakistan-Saudi Arabia relations in flux: Is Islamabad realigning its foreign policy?

Wolf, Siegfried O.

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It seems that relations between Pakistan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia lie in extraordinary flux. This SADF Working Paper starts by analysing the causes and consequences of that fact. The paper sheds light not only on possible dynamics in Pakistan’s foreign policy in relation to Saudi Arabia but also on the repercussions of said foreign policy for the region. It is argued that Islamabad is currently realigning some foreign policy parameters, foremost so as to reduce its dependency on Riyadh and readjust some of its bilateral relations, particularly as regards Iran and Turkey. This Pakistani ambition is in line with Chinese interests and is thus supported by Beijing. The paper predicts a fundamental deterioration in the ties between Riyadh and Islamabad due to a substantial clash in interests; this deterioration is to be matched by new Pakistani initiatives aiming to engage collaboration with both Iran on Afghanistan.

Document type: Book
Publisher: SADF - South Asia Democratic Forum
Place of Publication: Brussels
Date: 2021
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2021
Number of Pages: 26
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Political science
Controlled Keywords: Pakistan, Saudi-Arabien, Außenpolitik, Militärische Kooperation
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pakistan, Saudi-Arabien, China, Iran, Indien, Afghanistan, Außenpolitik, zivil-militärische Beziehungen, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Imran Khan, MBS /Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, India, Afghanistan, Foreign Policy, Civil-Military Relations, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Imran Khan, MBS
Subject (classification): Politics
Countries/Regions: Pakistan
other countries
Series: Themen > SADF Working Papers
Volume: 26