Saudi-Iranian relations since the fall of Saddam : rivalry, cooperation, and implications for U.S. policy

The often tense relationship between Saudi Arabia and Iran has been at the center of many of the major political shifts that have occurred in the Middle East since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. This volume documents a study of how relations between the two powers have unfolded in the Persian G...

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Main Author: Wehrey, Frederic M.
Corporate Authors: Rand Corporation, Smith Richardson Foundation, Rand Corporation National Security Research Division
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Santa Monica, CA Rand 2009, 2009
Series:RAND Corporation monograph series
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Summary:The often tense relationship between Saudi Arabia and Iran has been at the center of many of the major political shifts that have occurred in the Middle East since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. This volume documents a study of how relations between the two powers have unfolded in the Persian Gulf, Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine from 2003 through January 2009. Wehrey et al. detail the complex and multidimensional relationship between Saudi Arabia and Iran and its implications for regional stability and U.S. interests. In doing so, the authors challenge conventional thinking about Saudi-Iranian relations, arguing, for example, that Sunni-Shi'a distinctions are not the key driver in dealings between the two nations, that the two states have a tendency to engage on areas of common interest, and that the notion of a watertight bloc of Gulf Arab states opposing Iran is increasingly unrealistic. The study concludes with U.S. policy recommendations for leveraging the Saudi-Iranian relationship, particularly in the context of a U.S. drawdown in Iraq, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and the Iranian nuclear issue
Item Description:Title from PDF title page (viewed Apr. 2, 2009). - "Sponsored by the Smith Richardson Foundation."
Issued by: RAND National Security Research Division
Physical Description:xxv, 130 pages
ISBN:9780833046574
1282081659
9781282081659
6612081651
9786612081651
0833046578