A Talk at Princeton University -- Saudi Arabia and Iran: Building Understanding for Improved Ties

On October 26, I gave a talk at Princeton University titled Saudi Arabia and Iran: Building Understanding for Improved Ties. The talk was hosted by the Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies and the Institute for International and Regional Studies at Princeton University.

Princeton University: Dr. Banafsheh Keynoush, foreign policy advisor, explains the often misunderstood relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran. With current tensions often primarily attributed to religious differences, Dr. Keynoush contextualizes the role of religion, broader regional tensions, and ongoing foreign intervention on the two nations’ mutual relations throughout history. Presented as part of the 2016-17 Mossavar-Rahmani Center Seminar Series.

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Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y60nQgAS1c...

A Talk at the Commonwealth Club of California -- From Arab Spring to Islamic State: A Regional Perspective

On October 7, I gave a talk at the Commonwealth Club titled The Arab Spring to Islamic State: A Regional Perspective with co-panelist Dr. Dina Ibrahim and moderator Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director of Center for Investigative Reporting.

Commonwealth Club:  Dr. Keynoush and Dr. Ibrahim will trace the demise of the Arab Spring and the violent rise and threat of Islamic State with Robert Rosenthal, a former managing editor of the San Francisco Chronicle

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Source: http://audio.commonwealthclub.org/audio/podcast/cc_20161007_From_Arab_Spring_to_Islamic_State.mp3


Internasjonal Politikk -- Book Review "Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes?"

Internasjonal Politikk, the highly prestigious policy journal with readership across Scandinavia and the Nordic region, published a book review of "Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes?" The review by Dr. Toni Bleie at the University of Tromsø was made possible by a large financial contribution by the University.

REVIEW: Saudi Arabia broke diplomatic contacts with Iran after a mob attacked its embassy in Tehran. This was a protest against the executions of a number of Shiite scholars , among them Nimr Baghir al - Nimr . The diplomatic breach between Iran and Saudi Arabia was summarily described as an extraordinary episode in a festering neighborly relationship. Banafsheh Keynoush’s new book is an important corrective to this misunderstanding . Since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1929, Tehran and Riyadh broke relations only three times. Each time, the two states relatively quickly selected to̊ restore relations.

Subtitled “Friends or Foes?” this book examines̊ "the widespread misunderstanding that the sectarian rift between the two Gulf countries overshadows geopolitical considerations” and cements a chronically difficult neighborly relationship. The author promotes an alternative explanation: “the division of power dynamics” have long played a central role for the two Gulf states' security guarantees.

But first a biographical note :The author's background is highly relevant to understanding ̊the book's depth and horizon. 

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Source: https://tidsskriftet-ip.no/index.php/intpol/article/view/515


An Interview with Radio Sputnik

On May 28, I talked live with Radio Sputnik International based in Moscow on the recent rows between Saudi Arabia and Iran over the hajj issue

SPUTNIK: Is this going to be a row like something we saw years ago when ..... there was a pause of three years when Iranians didn't visit Saudi Arabia to perform the hajj?

KEYNOUSH: ..... If we look at the history of the hajj, it always seems to be the last straw that breaks the camel's back in the Saudi-Iranian relations.

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Source: https://soundcloud.com/radiosputnik/hajj-h...

An Interview with Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy

On April 18, I talked with the Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy based at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University about my recently published book Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes?

JMEPP:  Banafsheh Keynoush is an international geopolitical consultant, foreign affairs scholar, and author of “Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes?” (Palgrave Macmillan, February 2016).  The book is based on dozens of interviews with Saudi and Iranian leaders, politicians and decision makers, and rich archival material collected and made available for the first time in English. Drawing on unique insight into the relationship over a span of a century, the author challenges the mainstream fallacy of the inevitability of sectarian conflict or that it is the main cause of tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and instead argues that the relationship can be fixed through increased diplomacy.

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Source: http://www.hksjmepp.com/keynoush-interview/

An Interview with Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans

On March 2, I talked with the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans about my recently published book, Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes? 

PAAIA: Why did you decide to write a book on Saudi-Iranian relations?

KEYNOUSH: I became interested in Iran’s regional foreign policy during the Iran-Iraq war in 1980-1988, having lost family and friends, and being forced to flee our home dozens of times in the course of the war.  Yet, even back then I knew that it was not Iraq I was fascinated with, but Saudi Arabia. 

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Source: http://www.paaia.org/CMS/an-interview-with-dr-banafsheh-keynoush-her-life...

An Interview with Fox News

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 ...

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A Talk at the Commonwealth Club -- Middle East Hotspots: Geopolitics and Stability

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.

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Source: http://audio.commonwealthclub.org/audio/podcast/cc_20141017_middleeast.mp3

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