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The U.S.-Saudi Dilemma: Iran’s Reshaping of Persian Gulf Politics

Posted by alanmirs on July 20, 2011


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TUESDAY, 19 JULY 2011 04:44 REVA BHALLA
Something extraordinary, albeit not unexpected, is happening in the Persian Gulf region. The United States, lacking a coherent strategy to deal with Iran and too distracted to develop one, is struggling to navigate Iraq’s fractious political landscape in search of a deal that would allow Washington to keep a meaningful military presence in the country beyond the end-of-2011 deadline stipulated by the current Status of Forces Agreement. At the same time, Saudi Arabia, dubious of U.S. capabilities and intentions toward Iran, appears to be inching reluctantly toward an accommodation with its Persian adversary.
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