April 13, 2012

Iran and the Battle for Bahrain

Brandon Friedman, World Affairs Journal

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The Saudis and their neighboring Sunni Arab rulers along the Gulf littoral are now responding to what they see as the challenge of Iran as much as to last year’s events in Tahrir Square. A renewed security competition between the Sunni Arab rulers and Iran seems to be coalescing in the Gulf in the absence of a strong Iraq, which historically provided the balance to Iran's power.

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TAGGED: Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC


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