Accession Number : AD1032276

Title :   Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer: Saudi Arabia, America's Key Strategic Partner in the Middle East

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,01 Aug 2016,31 Mar 2017

Corporate Author : NDU/JFSC Joint Advanced Warfighting School NORFOLK United States

Personal Author(s) : Hough,Thomas M

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Report Date : 31 Mar 2017

Pagination or Media Count : 79

Abstract : The on-going Sunni-Shia war for Islam began anew in 1979. Both Saudi Arabia and Iran possess fundamentalist ideologies, which they use to increase their sphere of influence throughout the Islamic world. In this context, the past thirty years has a clear winner, Iran. Over the past several decades, the United States vital interests in the Middle East have grown. The U.S. remains committed to ensuring the unimpeded flow of oil to global markets and the security of Israel. The Sunni and Shia inspired violent extremist organizations used by each side to increase their sphere of influence emerged from the conflict, and now threaten Americas security, adding homeland security as a third U.S. national interest. The proliferation of these organizations and the ideology that inspires them are a symptom of the imbalance of power created as Iran evolved into a peer-competitor to Saudi Arabia in the region. To achieve Americas national interests, the U.S. must recognize the events in the Middle East in the context of the ongoing Sunni-Shia war.

Descriptors :   Saudi arabia , foreign policy , middle east , united states government , islam , strategy , homeland security , FUEL OILS , Israel , iran , GEOPOLITICS , government (foreign) , history , terrorism

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE