The current Saudi-Iranian Cold War presents one of the most significant and destabilizing dilemmas in the Middle East today. In this talk Dr. Ben Rich will discuss the current hegemonic competition occurring in the Persian-Arabian Gulf between these two great powers, exploring its basis, characteristics and likely outcomes in the near future. The presentation will investigate the origins of the rivalry across the 1980s, 90s and 2000s, its various manifestations, and its implications for the current regional stability and balance of power.
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Dr. Ben Rich is a lecturer at Curtin University. He focuses his research on Middle Eastern affairs, political violence and international relations. He researches Saudi affairs, military policy and power politics in the Persian Gulf, as well as a range of topics relating to terrorism and insurgency.