Iranian-Saudi Relations before the Abyss

(Institute for Contemporary Affairs-Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Lt.-Col. (ret.) Michael Segall - Iran and Saudi Arabia are waging a cold war through their proxies along the length and breadth of the Middle East. This struggle is being fought in Yemen, Saudi Arabia's backyard (recently the Iranian-backed Houthis fired rockets and missiles into Saudi Arabia from Yemen), Syria (where Iran is acting on the ground to keep Assad in power while Saudi Arabia works to remove him), Bahrain (Iran supports the Shiite majority, which opposes the Sunni government, and Saudi Arabia has been forced in the past to protect Bahrain's ruler), and Iraq (where Iran-backed Shiite militias are confronting the Islamic State). In the short term, Iran will try, through its proxies, to strike Saudi targets within and outside the kingdom as it has done in the past. The Saudis, more than they fear enriched uranium, fear Shiism enriched to high levels of subversion in the Middle East.

2016-01-06 00:00:00

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