REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah - A boy sells flag posters of Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (L) and Yemen's Houthi leader Abdul Malik al-Houthi ahead of a demonstration by Houthi followers against the Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen's capital Sanaa August 24, 2015.

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Ideologies, alliances and underbalancing in the new Middle East cold war

August 26, 2015, F. Gregory Gause, III

Gregory Gause says that it is a very popular short-hand to portray the international politics of the post-Arab Spring Middle East as a simple tale of Sunnis v. Shiites, with Saudi Arabia and Iran leading the respective sectarian camps—a Middle East version of the 30 Years War.

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