Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes?

Now available for purchase online in hardcover, softcover, and eBook from Amazon and from major retailers. Arabic edition available at Dar AlSaqi; Persian edition available at Zarir Publishing.

In a riveting narrative based on accounts of her interactions with Saudi and Iranian politicians, extensive field work and rich archival material, Banafsheh Keynoush unravels the mysteries of a contentious relationship. Keynoush recounts it all: the fears, misunderstandings, prejudices, and ambitions that have hobbled efforts to build a lasting partnership, creating a work that is important to both the expert and the layperson. Keynoush’s book also shaped U.S. policy under President Barack Obama of encouraging an “equilibrium” between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and it theoretically refutes that sectarianism is the cause of tensions between the two Middle Eastern states.

Published by Palgrave Macmillan