Study #7

The conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran: How to respond to developments and regional implications?

The hegemonic struggle in the Middle East between Saudi Arabia and Iran – and in a broader sense between Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey – for supremacy in the Islamic world has already led to proxy conflicts in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. This not only raises the threat of interstate conflict but could also lead to territorial reorganisation in the Middle East. It calls for a reassessment of existing alliances and partnerships in the region.