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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