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Past is prologue? Saudi Arabia’s clumsy oil diplomacy

April 21, 2016, Suzanne Maloney

Everything old is new again for Iran and Saudi Arabia. In recent days, a series of diplomatic skirmishes between Tehran and Riyadh has intensified the long simmering tensions between the two heavyweights of the Persian Gulf. The bitter clash over regional influence and energy policy parallels with striking similarity a protracted brawl between the two rivals three decades earlier, which generated a destructive spiral of violence and economic hardship for both countries.

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