Content from the Brookings Doha Center is now archived. In September 2021, after 14 years of impactful partnership, Brookings and the Brookings Doha Center announced that they were ending their affiliation. The Brookings Doha Center is now the Middle East Council on Global Affairs, a separate public policy institution based in Qatar.
In this new piece, Ibrahim Sharqieh Fraihat explains why Arab states are concerned that the Iran nuclear deal will lead to additional chaos in the Middle East. He points out that Arab states blame Iran for perpetuating civil wars in Syria and Yemen and do not trust the Obama Administration to take a firm line to prevent further trouble. Ultimately, though, Fraihat argues that the deal presents an opportunity for Iran and Saudi Arabia to engage directly to address how to de-escalate the region’s conflicts.