[Pacific Council on International Policy] spoke to Dr. Keynoush about her new book Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes? Drawing on her interactions with high-level Saudi and Iranian politicians, the book offers unique insight into the tumultuous Saudi-Iranian relationship, challenges the mainstream fallacy of inevitable sectarian conflict, and argues that the relationship can be fixed through increased diplomacy. A transcript of [the] conversation, lightly edited for length and clarity, follows.
I am delighted to announce the publication by Palgrave Macmillan of my book Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes? This project is the result of extensive investigation and dozens of interviews with senior-ranking officials and policy makers both in the Middle East and in the U.S. Together, this research culminates in a narrative whereby I aim to unravel the mysteries of the contentious relationship between these two nations, presenting a point of view based on how each country views their own role in the situation. The book is now available for purchase online from Amazon and from major retailers.
Eric Shawn: Your book is coming out at a remarkable time, when they seem to be foes, certainly after the cleric's execution. In your view, what does Iran want, and is there any way to fix this schism?
Banafsheh Keynoush: Iran primarily wants the stability of the system, the government, intact. And it will do what it needs to preserve that stability ...Read More
On October 17, I gave a talk at the Commonwealth Club -- San francisco, titled Middle East Hotspots: Geopolitics and Stability, moderated by award-winning journalist and author Jonathan Curiel.
Commonwealth Club: Noted Middle East scholar, media analyst, and translator for four Iranian presidents including Hassan Rouhani, Banafsheh Keynoush will present an overview of the troubled Middle East. She will focus on the role of specific states, such as Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran, against the background of overarching U.S. interests in the region.