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New Middle East "Cold War" Can't Be Explained by Sunni-Shia Divide

July 24, 2014, Fred Dews and Elina Saxena

“’Sunni versus Shia’ makes for a simple headline, but does not do justice to the complexities of the new Middle East cold war,” writes F. Gregory Gause III, nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Doha Center in a new report. Gause’s report frames the regional politics of the Middle East as a “cold war” in which Iran and Saudi Arabia are “playing a balance of power game.”

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