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Iran and the Arab world: A view from Riyadh

Berger, L 2009, 'Iran and the Arab world: A view from Riyadh' , Middle East Review of International Affairs, 13 (3) , pp. 24-33.

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    Abstract

    An earlier version of this paper was presented at the June 8-9, 2009 conference entitled "Israel and the Arab States: Parallel Interests, Relations, and Strategies," jointly held in Jerusalem by the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Members of the new Israeli government have entertained the notion of an Israeli-Arab realignment vis-a-vis Iran. This article argues that such hopes are bound to be disappointed. They rest on a Realist understanding of Middle East international politics that fails to take into account the role domestic considerations and identity politics play in foreign policy decisionmaking. While Riyadh is undisputedly concerned about Iranian power projection in the region, improved relations with a U.S. administration that is more open to its concerns and an increasingly diverse set of international security links mean that it does not feel the need to endanger domestic and regional legitimacy by openly engaging Israel without any perceived progress along the parameters outlined in the Abdallah initiative of 2002.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This article is from the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal, ISSUE, DATE, published by the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center. To see all other MERIA Journal material, visit http://gloria-center.org. For a free subscription, visit http://www.gloria-center.org/subscribe.php. To read about the work of the GLORIA Center, visit http://gloria-center.org.
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Saudi Arabia, Iran, Israel, United States, nuclear proliferation
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > J Political Science > JZ International relations
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for European Security
    Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
    Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: Middle East Review of International Affairs
    Publisher: Professor Barry Rubin, The Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center
    Refereed: No
    ISSN: 1565-8996
    Depositing User: Dr Lars Berger
    Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2011 15:27
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:16
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/18723

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