January 17, 2014

The Gulf States and Iran

David Andrew Weinberg, Global Public Square

The Associated Press

In a controversial interview aired this week, Dubai ruler Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum called for sanctions on Iran to be dropped. His proposal for prematurely unwinding the sanctions regime represents the most tangible success thus far for Iran’s efforts to weaken the Saudi-led consensus in the Gulf against Tehran.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, though, those actors most amenable to Iranian overtures have been Gulf leaders with a political or financial stake in engaging the Islamic Republic.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Iran, Persian Gulf

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

January 13, 2014
U.S. Needs a Deal with Iran, Not Detente
Ray Takeyh, Washington Post
An unusual fear is gripping the Arab world, namely that nuclear diplomacy may yet bring Iran and the United States into a close regional embrace. This may seem comical given the legacy of mistrust separating the two nations.... more ››
January 4, 2014
Behind Every Nuclear Rogue, There's China
Gordon Chang, Tablet
Beijing proved masterful at enabling Pyongyang to expand its program, and did the same for Pakistan. Now it’s Tehran’s turn. more ››
Iran and Saudi Arabia are both bent on unrealistic plans for dominance in the Middle East or, at the very least, on denying the dominance of the other. more ››
January 4, 2014
U.S., Iranian Hardliners Want a War
Paul McGeough, SM Herald
Who still wants to bomb Iran? The conflict in Syria is the latest to prove how difficult it is to stop a war once the shooting has begun. But there's always a bunch that wants another one. more ››
January 4, 2014
Iran's Campaign of Subversion Continues
Elliott Abrams, Pressure Points
The Obama administration is fighting strongly to prevent Congress from adopting new sanctions legislation that would go into effect one year from now if, and only if, the nuclear negotiations fail or Iran cheats on its... more ››