Shifting Alliances in the Middle East
Great Decisions 2016 | Topic 1
From a proxy war in Yemen to an ongoing civil war in Syria, a number of conflicts have shaken the traditional alliances in the Middle East to their core.
From a proxy war in Yemen to an ongoing civil war in Syria, a number of conflicts have shaken the traditional alignments in the Middle East to their core. As alliances between state and non-state actors in the region are constantly shifting, the U.S. has found itself between a rock and a hard place. In a series of disputes that are far from being black-and-white, what can the U.S. do to secure its interests in the region without causing further damage and disruption?
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- Saudi Arabia and Iran’s Backyard Politics
- Perils of prediction: Why it’s so hard to guess the fallout of the Saudi-Iran split
- How the Feud Between Saudi Arabia and Iran Could Escalate
- Behind Stark Political Divisions, a More Complex Map of Sunnis and Shiites
- Iran and Saudi Arabia at loggerheads: How we got here
- Is it time for the United States to dump Saudi Arabia?
- Saudi Arabia's King Salman marks year of change
- Saudi-Iranian ‘Cold War’ Uses Sectarianism As Tool
2016 National Opinion Ballot Report
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