As Conflict Grows in Middle East, US-Saudi Gulf Widens

As Conflict Grows in Middle East, US-Saudi Gulf Widens. YaleGlobal. Fahad Nazer. June 24, 2014.

The 2003 invasion of Iraq and the Arab Spring events have reconfigured the Middle East in fundamental ways. Civil war in Syria spills into Iraq, extremism spreads in northern Africa, and brakes are applied to fledgling democracy in Egypt. The United States and Saudi Arabia, longtime allies, are divided over how to handle unfolding disaster, argues Fahad Nazer: Saudi Arabia, preferring stability, adopts assertive policies and is alarmed that the United States does not swiftly intervene. Nazer points out “The Saudis and Iranians find themselves on opposite sides in virtually every crisis currently gripping the region.” The United States, responsible for removing secular strongman Saddam Hussein, may have little choice but to assist in defending Iraq. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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