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Riyadh

I. Why it Matters

The regional power competition between Iran and Saudi Arabia is heating up. A sense that Tehran and its allies have been steadily gaining influence across a number of countries, set against a more assertive leadership in Riyadh, is playing out as a zero-sum struggle across the Middle East. From Yemen to Lebanon, competition between the two regional powers exacerbates existing conflicts and creates new tensions in a region already engulfed in turmoil. So far, their contests have exacted a relatively low cost on their respective publics. But this could change dramatically if, for example, an Iranian-provided ballistic missile fired by the Huthis causes significant casualties in Saudi Arabia, or an Iranian separatist group bolstered by Saudi aid conducts a deadly attack in Iran, or a cyberattack were to successfully penetrate key systems in one of the states in the region. More broadly, a real or perceived threat to either country’s power centre could make its leadership feel compelled to escalate.

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