The Saudi-Iranian Rivalry and the New Middle East Cold War

Event Date: September 9, 2020

Event Time: 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

Presenter: Dr. Gregory Gause, Texas A&M University

Saudi Arabia and Iran are contesting for influence across the Middle East, in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and the Gulf. Their contest is often framed as a sectarian fight, Sunni v. Shia. But the roots of the conflict have more to do with domestic political crises across the Arab world and old-fashioned balance of power politics. This presentation will look at the causes of the new Middle East Cold War and how other parties, along with Saudi Arabia and Iran, play into it.

F. Gregory Gause, III is Professor of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University. His research focuses on the international politics of the Middle East, particularly the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf, and American foreign policy toward the region.

Previously Dr. Gause taught at the University of Vermont (1995-2014) and Columbia University (1987-1995) and was Fellow for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York(1993-1994). In 2009 he was a Fulbright Scholar at the American University in Kuwait and in 2010 was a research fellow in Saudi Arabia.

Gause has published three books, most recently The International Relations of the Persian Gulf. His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs and other journals and edited volumes. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1987.