Professors Maria Fantappie and Vali Nasr examine the changes unfolding in the Middle East, where old alliances are shifting and new relationships are forming. Saudi Arabia is working to reduce tensions with Iran and foster ties with China, a geopolitical realignment that could help the kingdom enhance its security and attain a higher profile in world affairs. This illuminating report offers a solid background on the transformations underway in the Middle East as well as an explanation why the United States should reconsider its current diplomatic approach to the region.
About the Authors
Maria Fantappie is an associate fellow at the Istituto Affari Internazionali in Rome. Vali Nasr is a professor of international affairs and Middle East studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.