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U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis departs after meeting with Saudi Arabian Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, Riyadh, April 19, 2017 (Pool photo by Jonathan Ernst via AP).

Is the Diplomatic Tide Shifting in the Rivalry Between Saudi Arabia and Iran?

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran are nothing new, but in recent days the level of acrimony has been increasing exponentially. Amid a shifting geopolitical landscape, the two countries have been sounding downright menacing toward one another, dispensing with the diplomatic practice of veiling their threats and creating new dangers in an already tumultuous region.

Two questions arise: Why is the hostility worsening? And which of the two countries is growing stronger relative to the other? ...

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