About Nishank Motwani

Dr Nishank Motwani is a visiting fellow at the Asia–Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University. He carries out research on transnational conflicts, international and regional cooperation, and also focuses on the regional dynamics of conflict persistence in Southwest Asia.

Iran, Southwest Asia

Saudi standoff with Iran threatens regional turmoil


Riyadh’s perceptions of ’enemy’ Iran are creating political tensions in the region Beneath the strategic rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the latter’s perception of its Persian neighbour as an existential threat is an example of ‘ideological fundamentalism’ in operation. International relations theorists Ken Booth and Nicholas J. Wheeler explain that when a state develops […]