Mark Katz: Iranian-American Rapprochement: What’s In It for Israel and Saudi Arabia?

Professor Mark Katz who teaches political science at George Mason University has written an informative piece explaining why a rapprochement between Iran and the United States is in the interest of both Israel and Saudi Arabia.   A relaxation of tensions between Iran and America will not necessarily lead to improved relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia since these two countries have  divergent regional interests,  particularly on Syria, Bahrain, and Egypt.  Nevertheless,  an Iran that signs a nuclear deal with America is less likely to adopt a confrontational policy toward Saudi Arabia and Israel.  Iranian leaders know that they cannot expect to have an improved relations with the West while  pursuing regional policies that make pro-American regimes in the region uncomfortable.    



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