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Iran-Saudi Arabia rivalry: constructing the enemy, a long story


Strategic acrimonies in the Persian Gulf, and particularly between Iran and Saudi Arabia, are constructed through Self vs Other perceptions and representations – together with recent (and past) key historical facts.

Iranian security forces during the terrorist attack at the Parliament, June 7th (Reuters)

Strategic acrimonies in the Persian Gulf, and particularly between Iran and Saudi Arabia, are constructed through Self vs Other perceptions and representations – together with recent (and past) key historical facts.

Qatar isolation and June 7th twin terrorist attacks in Tehran exacerbated the rivalry on the road Tehran-Riyadh, which is already devastating the Middle East with proxy conflicts (such as those in Yemen and Syria), 2015 hajj stampede deaths and executions (see the case of sheikh Nimr al-Nimr). 

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