Chapter 9: Conclusion

Wastnidge, Edward and Mabon, Simon (2022). Chapter 9: Conclusion. In: Wastnidge, Edward and Mabon, Simon eds. Saudi Arabia and Iran: The struggle to shape the Middle East. Identities and Geopolitics in the Middle East. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 173–179.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.7765/9781526150844.00014

Abstract

This final chapter offers some reflections and conclusions as to how the rivalry between the two regional powers of Iran and Saudi Arabia is realised differently through time and space. Though competition and rivalry appear to predominate in the calculus of both states, shown starkly by how this has manifested in the cases explored in this volume, the authors seek to offer a less pessimistic outlook for the future of relations between the states. As key powers in a contested region, Iran and Saudi Arabia need to move towards greater accommodation and understanding of one another’s interests to secure the future peace and prosperity of the Middle East.

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