Naval War College, Georgetown University, Middle East discussed on American History TV


So the question come up how somebody get another card if you're a hearing from latency Tino rice university and non Trapani US Naval War College serving as moderator David painter Georgetown University did you seem to imply earlier that the Saudi Iranian conflict is less over religion and more over power that's what I think that I think that historians and other analysts look at that relationship of much more is one over regional power over two kinds of broad coalitions of states and regimes in the Middle East one that's a sort of allied with or at least aligned with the United States Israel other serve pro US receives and those that are aligned with Iran including Syria other other states that that are are opposed to sort of the first the first coalition the emphasis on sectarian politics on soon the verses Shia for example is a kind of political strategy that I think was seen as beneficial by parties on on sort of both sides of that conflict in mobilizing political support in establishing trans national of coalitions of of supporters so for Iran for example seeing Hezbollah in Lebanon as a as a valuable sort of ally in the in the confrontation against Israel United States would would be an example but also a kind of a political strategy for under cutting the sort of democracy movements that we saw during the Arab spring in in twenty eleven and which have a history in the region as I as I suggested in my in my remarks about the the constitution movement in Saudi Arabia in.

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