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REUTERS/Stringer- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) speaks with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal bin Abdul Aziz during their official meeting in Tehran June 12, 2006.

Analysis Paper

Beyond Sectarianism: The New Middle East Cold War

July 22, 2014, F. Gregory Gause, III

In a new Analysis Paper, F. Gregory Gause, III frames Middle East politics in terms of a new, regional cold war in which Iran and Saudi Arabia compete for power and influence. Rather than stemming from sectarian rivalry, this new Middle East cold war results from the weakening of Arab states and the creation of domestic political vacuums into which local actors invite external support.

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