The essays collected here were initially presented at a joint SEPAD-POMEPS workshop held at Chatham House in February 2020. The authors were asked to reflect on the ways in which geopolitical tensions between Saudi Arabia, Iran, the United States – and others – shapes conflict and societal tensions across the Middle East and beyond.
Introduction: Sectarianism and International Relations
Marc Lynch and Simon Mabon
Saudi Arabia and Sectarianism in Middle East International Relations
F. Gregory Gause, III
Iraq: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Tales of the Unexpected: Will the Lebanese Uprising Stay Clear of Attempts at Geopolitization?
Helle Malmvig and Tamirace Fakhoury
Central Asia and the Iran-Saudi rivalry