// Pathways to Peace and Security. 2016. No 2(51). P. 37-50
This second piece in the series of two articles addresses the regional rivalry between two lead states in the Middle East – the Saudi Arabia and Iran. This factor has deep historical, ideological, economic, political and sociocultural roots and presently manifests itself in a variety of contexts ranging from the Arab-Israeli confrontation to oil production policy. The struggle for spiritual/religious leadership also gains a new momentum. The two regional powers’ interests most evidently clashed on Syria, even as select other players are also interest in sustaining this regional rivalry.
Iran, Saudi Arabia, regional leadership, USA, Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, oil, influence, military force, ISIS, the Syria crisis, Iranian nuclear program
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