Bernard. A. Haykel in conversation with Robert F. Worth
The Arab world, from Morocco to Iraq, is in the grip of a struggle between two regional hegemons: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran. This conflict manifests itself in multiple ways: sectarian wars (Shii vs Sunni), proxy fights between non-state actors, hostile economic policies, open warfare as in Yemen, and each is attempting to create an exclusive sphere of influence. This session will analyse the dynamic to dominate the region by these adversaries and explain the role that outside powers like Russia, the United States, China and India are playing in its unfolding as well as that of other regional actors like Israel and Turkey.