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Saudi Arabia and Iran: Power and Rivalry in the Middle East
The Centre for Academic Shia Studies is pleased to be hosting its May book signing seminar with Dr Simon Mabon on his book titled "Saudi Arabia and Iran: Power and Rivalry in the Middle East".
In the wake of the 1979 Iranian revolution, relations between states in the Middle East were reconfigured and reassessed overnight. Amongst the most-affected was the relationship between Iran and Saudi Arabia. The existence of a new regime in Tehran led to increasingly vitriolic confrontations between these two states, often manifesting themselves in the conflicts across the region, such as those in Lebanon and Iraq, and more recently in Bahrain and Syria. In order to shed light upon this rivalry, Simon Mabon examines the different identity groups within Saudi Arabia and Iran (made up of various religions, ethnicities and tribal groupings), proposing that internal insecurity has an enormous impact on the wider ideological and geopolitical competition between the two. With analysis of this heated and often uneasy relationship and its impact on the wider Middle East, this book is vital for those researching international relations and diplomacy in the region.
Date: 11th May 2016
Time: 6:30 PM (doors open at 6:00 PM with refreshments)
Location: The Al-Khoei Foundation, Chevening Road, London, NW6 6TN
Places are limited. To register please send your name and affiliation to email@example.com.