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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