Panel | Iran and the Arab world
- Maaike Warnaar
- Paul Aarts
- Luciano Zaccara
- Sara Masry
- 21 March 2016
- Kamerlingh Onnes Building
2311 ES Leiden
On 3 January 2016, the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Tehran was attacked and set on fire by an angry mob in protest against the execution of a Shi'a cleric by the Saudi Arabian government. In the following days, the already sour relationship between Iran and Saudi Arabia further deteriorated. Several embassies were shut down, the Iranian embassy in Yemen allegedly was bombed by Saudi Arabian forces and a number of vague and not-so-vague threats were sent back and forth between the two countries.
This panel seeks to explore the present-day relationship between Iran and the Arab world. What caused the deterioration of ties between Iran and Arab states, especially with Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states? What can knowledge of differences between Sunni and Shi'a tell us about regional conflicts and about the deterioration of ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia? What are the consequences of increased rivalry between Iran and the Gulf for regional conflicts, particularly Iraq and Syria? The panel, moderated by Maaike Warnaar, will delve into these questions.
Maaike Warnaar (Leiden University) is an expert on Iran’s foreign policy.
Paul Aarts (University of Amsterdam) is an expert on Saudi Arabia. He edited a volume on Saudi Arabia with Gerd Nonneman (2005) and recently published Saudi Arabia. A Kingdom in Peril, written with Carolien Roelants.
Luciano Zaccara (Georgetown University in Doha) is Iran expert and lives in Qatar.
Sara Masry is a Saudi blogger and sharp political analyst who spent a lot of time in Iran.
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