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The limits of Saudi-Iranian détente

At the very least, an incremental process of détente might lower political temperatures in the Gulf while winning support from Western leaders.

Middle East

Gulf security: It’s not all bad news

American withdrawal, coupled with the need to diversify Gulf state economies away from oil, is driving efforts to dial down regional tensions.


Afghanistan may be a bellwether for Saudi-Iranian rivalry

Afghanistan could emerge as a venue for Middle Eastern rivalries involving not only Saudi Arabia and Iran, but also Turkey and Qatar.