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Governing by Committee? Britain’s Bahrain Policy Under Scrutiny

What role will the current UK Foreign Affairs Committee inquiry play in terms of facilitating discussion – and a potential re-evaluation – of Britain’s relations with Bahrain?

The UK Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) inquiry into the government’s handling of Britain’s relations with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain got off to a rousing start last month when Saudi Arabia slammed the UK for meddling in the affairs of the Gulf States.[1] It now claims to be ‘re-evaluating [its] historic relations’ with Britain. Saudi pique notwithstanding, this inquiry – which will assess both the government’s success at balancing British interests across various foreign-policy

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